Sandy C. Gregory, director of North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM), was awarded the Leadership Excellence Award from the North Carolina Association on Aging (NCAOA) at its annual conference May 1.
Brad Allen, treasurer of N.C. Association on Aging and President of N.C. Senior Games, presents the Leadership Excellence award to Sandy Gregory of North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry.
The award recognizes individuals for leadership to their organization and to the state’s aging network represented by NCAOA’s 100-plus community-based aging service providers who advocate for quality programs that enable adults to live as independently as possible.
In presenting the award to Gregory, NCAOA Treasurer Brad Allen, remarked, “Sandy’s ability to develop partnerships and to facilitate successful teamwork are key reasons that NCBAM has been successful and continues to grow.” Nina Walters, spokesperson for NCAOA added, “Sandy’s impact on our network is far reaching, and we are fortunate to have him as a leader in our efforts to support the older adult population.”
Since 2009, NCBAM has connected thousands of N.C. Baptists to assist aging adults in maintaining their independence. NCBAM has also been recognized by the Council on Accreditation (COA) as an “exemplary program that should go nationwide.” COA is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization.
Gregory recently attended the Leadership Institute held during the annual conference of the America Society on Aging. Gregory stated, “As a faith-based organization, NCBAM was unique among the 3,000 attendees. There was a tremendous amount of interest in the NCBAM model. I realize now, more than ever, that NCBAM is in the right place for the age wave and that North Carolina Baptists have got it right.”
As the “age wave” appears on the horizon. Gregory constantly reminds others of the necessity for faith-based groups to establish strategic cooperative partnerships with government and community agencies and work together to create quality programs that will enable aging adults to live as independently as possible. “No one group will be able to do it all,” Gregory said. “Not today, and especially not in the future. But together, we can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for aging adults.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE – North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry connects the aging and their families with resources to meet needs and coordinates practical ministries. Visit ncbam.org.)