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The deadline for 2020 award nominations has passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. Feel free to browse this page for general information. It will be updated for the 2021 conference much later this year.

LeadingAge North Carolina invites community members to honor individuals, organizations, and initiatives that advance the mission of both the member community and the Association. Community members are invited to submit as many nominations as they deem appropriate, and may nominate themselves and/or those associated with them for achievements they judge to be outstanding. Awards are intended to shine a light on accomplishments and celebrate models of excellence that can serve as inspiration for even greater accomplishment. Community members may submit as many nominations for the Service Excellence Award as they deem appropriate, and may submit multiple nominees from the same department.

Please note some categories from previous years have been deleted, and a new category has been added.


You may download the Awards Program Brochure here. (Nominations deadline has passed.)


  • Name and contact information of nominee
  • Name of award
  • Name and contact information of person submitting nomination
  • One-page description (in PDF) of nominee’s qualifications as specified under each award category
    (please include the nominee's name and name of award at the top of the page.)
  • Three to five photos of the nominee placed in a Word document to upload with the nomination or emailed directory to Jennifer Gill (to be used in awards slideshow if selected.)

Tips for Writing a Nomination

  • Be clear, specific, and as concise as possible.
  • Speak from the heart without worrying too much about the quality of the writing. Use bullets whenever possible.
  • Provide concrete examples of what is meritorious about your nominee.
  • Include measurable results when possible.
  • Remember that effort and risk taking may also be award-worthy even if the results were not those originally envisioned.

Use the Qualifying Criteria provided for each award to focus your thoughts on the merits of your nominee. Feel free to insert points not set out in the Qualifying Criteria that you believe further commend your nominee for recognition.


The person submitting the nomination will be contacted by email with the results of the Awards Selection Committee.


The Career Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement

LeadingAge North Carolina’s highest award is presented to a distinguished employee of a member community who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in aging services and whose long-term commitment to learning, leadership, and the not-for-profit mission has elevated the greater work of LeadingAge North Carolina.

Excellence in Leadership Award

This award recognizes those employees who, regardless of their role within a member community, demonstrate an aptitude for and commitment to professional growth and provide leadership within their team that is impactful, effective, motivational, and consistent.

Excellence in Governance Award

This award is given to voluntary leaders who have served with distinction on the governing board of a LeadingAge North Carolina member community and thereby made an outstanding contribution to the well-being of seniors, to the employees who serve them, and to the organization’s nonprofit mission.

Excellence in Community Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding community service rendered under the auspices of a member community as an expression of the organization’s commitment to the broader nonprofit mission.

The Service Excellence Award

This award honors those in direct service, either as employees or volunteers, who demonstrate extraordinary talent, expertise, and dedication in provision of exceptional service to residents.

Excellence in Innovation Award

This award recognizes programs and/or best practices implemented by a member community or among organizations that address significant needs in the pursuit of expanded possibilities for aging.

Excellence in Advocacy Award

This award honors an individual or member community for exceptional achievement in advocacy that has advanced the nonprofit mission, expanded the possibilities for aging; and/or improved the legal, public policy and/or the regulatory environment influencing the provision of aging services.

Workplace Excellence Award - New!

This award recognizes a member community that demonstrates investment in its staff and workplace environment to foster a healthy workplace culture and environment that promotes the recruitment, retention and development of staff at all levels of the organization through innovative workforce development practices.

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