On Thursday night, membership in the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame grew to a total of 474 with the induction of 12 outstanding older Ohioans at a special ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

Included among those inductees was Mary McDonald of Mansfield.

The honorees hail from communities all around the state and have diverse interests that have positioned them as leaders and key contributors within their communities. “Our elders play vital roles in their professions, their vocations and their communities throughout their lives,” said Beverley Laubert, interim director of the department. “We believe in celebrating the relevance of our elders every day. When provided with opportunities to continue to grow, thrive and contribute, older adults make our state and everyone living here stronger.”

Mary McDonald is an advocate and a visionary leader who has changed the lives of many in her Mansfield community. In the 1970s, she helped establish the Friendship Center for local seniors, and served as its director for 20 years. Today, she leads “Yes We Can Seniors” which continues her community’s legacy of providing opportunities and resources for elders.

The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to honor Ohioans age 60 and older for achievements and contributions to others, the roles they play in their communities, state and nation, and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Their stories are compelling and represent lifetimes of dedication, ingenuity, perseverance, kindness and compassion. This year’s inductees range in age from 63 to 97.

The honorees were officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. Staff from the Department of Aging and Ohio’s area agencies on aging joined state legislators in recognizing the inductees and thanking them for their contributions.

Source, Photo: Ohio Department of Aging

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