Tong earns honors for advocacy
Collin Tong was named the “2009 Volunteer of the Year” by the Western and Central Washington state chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Tong, a frequent Post-Globe contributor, received the award at the Association’s regional conference in Seattle on April 19. The Association cited his leadership and advocacy work in the state legislature on behalf of adult day health programs in Washington state. Tong’s wife, Linda, has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. (Read his first-person story here.)
Last October, Tong was the recipient of the Katryna Gould Award by the National Association of Adult Day Services. The award is named in honor of Katryna Gould, who served on the NADSA Board of Directors as a consumer advocate. The award was established in 2006 to recognize a consumer of adult day services who, through advocacy efforts, has increased the visibility and recognition of adult day services as a viable community-based long-term care option.
Tong is a Seattle-based writer and former senior director of communications at Washington State University.