Carolyn Nelson selected for Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
Sunbury resident to be honored in Columbus for excellence in education, mentorship
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the Ohio General Assembly inducted Carolyn Nelson, of Sunbury, along with 11 other outstanding older Ohioans from around the state, into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.
“At the Department of Aging, we believe in celebrating the relevance of our elders every day,” said Beverley Laubert, interim director of the department. “As an educator, mentor and friend, Mrs. Nelson has helped shape the minds, bodies and careers of young people, as well as shape the very culture of her community.”
Although retired from her physical education teaching job, Mrs. Nelson has not retired from teaching everyone who has the pleasure to know her. She went beyond the curriculum as a teacher, took notice of students who faced physical, mental or social challenges and took them under her wing. She promoted physical activity and good health for a lifetime.
The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to honor Ohioans age 60 and older for achievements and contributions to others, the roles they play in their communities, state and nation, and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Their stories are compelling and represent lifetimes of dedication, ingenuity, perseverance, kindness and compassion. This year’s inductees range in age from 63 to 97. Mrs. Nelson’s addition brings the total number of hall of fame members to 474.
This year’s class also includes former Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder III of Medina.
About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging serves and advocates for the needs of Ohioans age 60 and older, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Programs include home and community based long-term supports and services, as well as initiatives to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.