2014 Claude Pepper Award Recipients

Barb Wilcenski was the winner of the 2013 Claude Pepper Award in the retiree category.

Retiree category

Barb Wilcenski knows grief is real. She also knows it can be healed.

Wilcenski leads the GriefShare Recovery Support Group program at Grace Church in Jackson, Mich. It's for people who have recently lost a loved one. Wilcenski is living through the loss of her husband and a child. She tirelessly volunteers and shares her wisdom on healing from grief and the spiritual restoration that follows when a person decides to live and serve.

Wilcenski devotes her time without compensation. Up to 20 people meet weekly for 13 weeks for the GriefShare program. She volunteers 150 hours a year with the program and an additional 25 hours entertaining at nursing homes. She makes sure older adults feel connected and cared about. 

George Wojdacki was the winner of the 2013 Claude Pepper Award in the working category.

Working category

One cannot talk about raising the bar without thinking about the stellar work ethic of George Wojdacki.

Wojdacki volunteers as a Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program Outreach Specialist. He helps older adults understand their Medicare options and health care benefits. He's volunteered 789 hours in the past year, helping 117 older adults through individual counseling. He's educated 2,825 older adults through presentations. He has also increased awareness of the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program among community organizations and medical professionals so they can tell older adults about the help available to them.

Wojdacki continually demonstrates an attitude of caring toward older adults through his kindness to others. He gives 150 percent to every person he helps. It's clear he cares for them by the laughter he brings and the compassion he shows.

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