We often hear about the young people to watch out for with lists like “30 Under 30,” but today a local woman who has paid her dues and who continues to engage at every age was honored.
The Oneida County Office for the Aging & Continuing Care presented its 2018 Older American Awards Thursday at Hart’s Hill Inn.
Florence Wood of Whitesboro is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Made by a Senior Citizen award. Wood was an elementary school teacher in Whitesboro before retiring in 1995.
She serves on many committees and has been a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of America for more than a decade. Wood, who moved to Whitesboro from New York City in 1962, also teaches citizenship.
“When our older residents retire, they transition into another role and for many that role is to continue to be engaged and continue to make tremendous accomplishments for our community,” said Michael Romano, director of the county’s Office for the Aging.
Bank of America was also honored Thursday for supporting older residents through programs such as Santa for Seniors. The company received the Outstanding Contribution by an Organization or Business award.