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Senior of the year awarded

The El Dorado County Commission on Aging recently presented Joanne Shope with the 2001 Senior of the Year award. A 26-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, Shope is a retired nurse practitioner who has dedicated countless hours to various community agencies and local schools.

She worked full time for 20 years with the El Dorado Health Department and also was evening supervisor for Carson Tahoe Hospital for one year. Since retiring in 1995, she has worked part time for the health department and occasionally fills in at the Barton Memorial Hospital Community Care Clinic. She is involved with the Christmas Cheer food pantry, drives children to summer camp for Salvation Army and helps with the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program. Shope is past president and an active member of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra as well as president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She supports the Tahoe Care Coalition and is a member of South Lake Tahoe Women of the Moose, where she coordinates the Christmas activities for low-income families.

Shope recently joined Flying Samaritans, a group of doctors and nurses who fly to Baja every couple of months to conduct health clinics. She has participated in the one-day clinics and helped treat as many as 139 patients in one day.



The El Dorado County Commission on Aging hosts an annual luncheon during the month of May, which is Older Americans Month. This year the event took place at Cameron Park Lake, where the Senior of the Year award was announced. The annual award promotes the recognition of senior citizens who work for the betterment of their community. With the support of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, the commission pays tribute to the rich resource of the nation’s retired adults.

For more information about the El Dorado County Commission on Aging and services of the local Area Agency on Aging call 1-800-510-2020.


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