Veteran Hero - People's Choice

Leon Anstead

Position: 1st Class Petty Officer

Organization: Former US Navy


Leon has lived a very full life for 94 years! He's survived many attacks in the South Pacific as a crewman aboard the USS Anzio, supporting battles in the Marshall Islands, Gilbert Island, Saipan, Okinawa and many others. He even survived the 1944 Cobra or "Halsey's" Typhoon, with 100 mph winds, very high seas and torrential rain. Three destroyers capsized and sank, and 790 lives were lost. Nine other warships were damaged, and over 100 aircraft were wrecked or washed overboa ...

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Volunteer Hero - People's Choice

Carol Driscoll

Position: Gift Shop Volunteer

Organization: St. Jude Medical Center


>Barbara Myers is an exemplary volunteer leader--one who leads with humility transparency and innovation. Barbara has used these skills and worked diligently to improve all aspects of our Gift Shop. She has led several team building sessions, which enhanced and improved communication and engagement between her co-workers. She has also managed several initiatives focused on providing the best possible service in our Gift Shop by creating a warm and inviting environment to all who enter. Guests can always expect smile, exceptional service as well as a helping hand. Thank you, Barbara for all you do. Our St. Jude family greatly appreciates your contributions to our hospital and community!

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Family Member Hero - People's Choice

Carol Driscoll

Position: Mother/Daughter/Caregiver

Organization: N/A


Carol continuously made sure that her mother, Beverly, was loved and cared for. Beverly suffered from Dementia and Carol insisted on attending every doctor’s appointment with her mother in order to provide support and remain informed of any changes in condition. Carol would drop everything at a moment’s notice to drive to Beverly’s house and calm her anxiety. She would spend countless late nights researching every treatments under the sun for Dementia, and even dedicated her life to ensuring that Beverly would comfortably age in place in her own home for the duration of her life.

Carol was not only committed to providing for her mother’s mental and physical well-being, but was undeniably dedicated to ensuring that Beverly actually enjoyed the remainder of her life. Carol devoted her own life to allowing her mother to participate in all of her favorite activities, such as visiting her 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, engaging in long talks about World War II and "how life used to be", celebrating every holiday to the fullest, and indulging in all of Beverly’s favorite foods as she was known to be an excellent baker and loved her sweets.

Beverly passed away on June 12, 2017 at peace in her own home surrounded by her loving family. It is comforting for her family to know that she enjoyed every minute of her life and a huge part of that is because of Carol’s unconditional love and dedication to her mother.

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Innovator Award

Loren Shook

Position: President, CEO & COB

Organization: Silverado Senior Living


Loren Shook's innovative career in health care began early on, on the grounds of Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland Washington. Fairfax was a psychiatric hospital which also provided dementia care to the most challenging patients that the nursing homes could not manage. The care provided was way ahead of the times, with passionate leaders giving the patients many areas of freedom and control over their lives. There were pets, children, and expansive grounds, rolling lawns, exotic plants and birds and other amenities for the patients to enjoy. Shook's parents worked there along with many other relatives, and Loren worked in all non-licensed positions from 15 years of age through his undergraduate program in business at the University of Washington.

He pursued a career in hospital administration, operating a chain of psychiatric hospitals for 20 years. After 20 years at Community Psychiatric Centers, he discovered Assisted Living and felt compelled to focus on serving the memory impaired. He came up with a model to incorporate the best of Assisted Living's social model with state-of-the-art health care expertise. This model included licensed nurses, medical directors, and MSWs surrounded by a holistic environment using pets, intergenerational programming, and inviting outdoor areas. Through university teaching research affiliations, he found his co-founders, Jim Smith and Steve Winner. The vision of the company is to "give life" and to change the world in which the way dementia is treated.

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  W. Major Chance

Position: Founder and Executive Chairman

Organization: ActivCare Living


W. Major Chance' s story of innovation began nearly 25 years ago when he observed patients with Alzheimer's and dementia physically or chemically restrained due to their tendency to wander. In his view, this was an unacceptable way for a person to spend his or her life. The existing nursing home regulations did not allow for special treatment of these individuals, so Chance vowed to make a difference.

Determined to create change, he spent the next five years working with the Governor's office and officials in Sacramento to develop a program that meets the special needs of those with memory loss. The result was ActivCare, a residential memory care program which incorporates a custom-designed activity schedule for those with memory loss, administered by trained caregivers in specially designed residential communities. The ActivCare program of structured activities is designed to maintain the highest functioning level of each resident while enhancing self-esteem.

ActivCare residential memory care has served more than 4,000 residents since its inception in 1988. Chance's company, originally called Health CareGroup, recently announced its name change to ActivCare Living, reflecting its shift to solely focus on residential memory loss care. Their newest community that recently opened in Carlsbad, California represents the newest generation in memory care communities activity schedule to restore feelings of usefulness and socialization and much more.

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Humanitarian Award

Carol Driscoll

Position: Vice Chair

Organization: Board of Directors, SeniorServ


Lynn Daucher is the past Director of the California Department of Aging and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of SeniorServ, a leading non-profit in Orange County that provides programs and services for older adults. She also is a member of the board of the Archstone Foundation. Ms. Daucher has a deep history of public service starting in 1980 when she was elected to serve on the school board for Brea Olinda School District. She was also elected to the Brea City Council and served member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006. She was appointed to the position of Director of the California Department of Aging by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was responsible for administering programs serving older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the state.

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