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Clark County caregivers and organizations honored at Senior Heroes Awards

The Columbian
Published: July 29, 2023, 5:30am

VANCOUVER — The seventh annual Senior Heroes Awards event, held at Pearson Air Museum, recognized individuals and senior-focused organizations that serve and support elders in Clark County.

Lisa Capeloto of CDM Caregiving Services received the Michael R. Wilson Caring Heart Award. This new award was established in 2022 in Wilson’s name because of his service around fundraising and development of nonprofit organizations who serve the elderly and people living with disabilities. Wilson died in 2021.

Capeloto was recognized for taking the foundation that Wilson laid out for CDM, and raising its profile to be able to complete the Adult Day Center and to provide its services to clients.

Capeloto took on events such as the Symbol of Freedom to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, first for the capital campaign to build the McKibbin Center and since then for CDM’s Living with Dignity program to provide very low income seniors with goods, services, or volunteer efforts to keep them in their own home.

In her acceptance speech, Capeloto said, “Receiving this Michael R. Wilson Caring Heart Award has strengthened my commitment to helping our senior and disabled population. Mike was one of my mentors, and fast forward to today, I now get to work with Mike’s daughter, Ashley, in our quest to ensure that our elderly and disabled citizens can live with dignity.”