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.

6 Responses to Tong earns honors for advocacy

  • Gerri Haynes:

    Collin is teaching us a loving and consistent approach to caring – he and Linda are blessings to us.

  • Irene Myers:

    Great to hear of this recognition of Collin’s ongoing dedication to making good change happen.

  • Dick Blakney:

    Congratulations to Collin for his perseverance and success in the cause of adult care centers in the State of Washington.

    Dick Blakney

  • Phyllis Holzworth:

    This wonderful, Colin, that all your hard work has been noticed and appreciated.
    Phyllis Holzworth

  • Bert Sacks:

    You and Linda can serve as examples of a caring relationship — and how such relations are so important in our lives. I am very glad that you are receiving recognition, Collin, for all your work.

  • Hugh Huntley:

    I have known Collin foe most of his life. He started well and is improving all the time!

    Hugh Huntley