74-Year-Old Volunteer Honored as Maine’s "Salute to Senior Service" Winner | Community Spirit
A 74-year-old Waterville man has been honored as the Maine winner of the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s Salute to Senior Service Award. Gilman Pelletier is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work with Spectrum Generations Muskie Center, Maine Military and Community Network, Franco American Festival, City of Waterville, VFW, American Legion, We Support the Troops Advisory Board, Corpus Christi Parish and Knights of Columbus.
The Salute to Senior Service program was launched this year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors’ commitments to their causes and communities. As one of 50 state winners, Pelletier earned a spot in the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on the SalutetoSeniorService.com website, where his nomination story also has been posted.
"If you need to bounce an idea off him, he’s there. If you need him to be on a committee for a larger project, he is there. He is an asset to any organization," wrote one nominator. "Simply put, he is the perfect human recipe made up of intelligence, good health, a giving personality, topped with a caring smile, sprinkled with kindness and a touch of humor, leaving one feeling full and thankful."
"Gilman is a valued member of the community and a senior hero to many," said President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jeff Huber of Home Instead, Inc. "He has shown that volunteer opportunities for older adults should not diminish because of age. Seniors such as Gilman are making important contributions to their communities through charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities."
As a state winner, Pelletier was considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award. The national award was presented to Clark Paradise of Lakewood, NJ, who was honored for his work with Your Grandmother’s Cupboard, a nonprofit organization he and his wife founded to meet the needs of the thousands of homeless families throughout New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A $5,000 gift will be donated by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, to the Paradise’s nonprofit charity of choice.