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Livingston County’s Joan Mitchell honored as Older New Yorker’s Day awardee

The New York State Office for the Aging has recognized Joan Mitchell, a resident of Livingston County, as a distinguished recipient of the 2023 Older New Yorker’s Day award. This prestigious accolade is awarded annually to senior citizens who have made significant contributions to their communities through dedicated volunteerism.


Mitchell, known for her extensive volunteer work, has served in various capacities, including as a church deacon and a member of the Caledonia Seniors Club. She has also been actively involved with the Focus on the Children organization and the County’s Suicide Prevention Task Force. Her contributions extend to the Office for the Aging Advisory Council, where her efforts are highly valued. Sue Carlock, the Director of the Office for the Aging, praised Mitchell’s commitment to community service, citing her as a perfect choice for this honor.

Mitchell’s career spanned nearly five decades at Strong Memorial Hospital, where she began as a cashier and rose to the position of an account manager overseeing a substantial workforce. In her retirement, Mitchell enjoys spending time with her family, reading, researching genealogy, and listening to music. The New York State Office for the Aging highlights the significant role of older adults in community service, noting that nearly one million volunteers aged 60 and over contribute more than 490 million hours of service annually, valued at $13.8 billion. Mitchell’s biography, along with a complete list of volunteer awardees, is available on the Older New Yorkers Day Award Book website.