The REAL Services Area 2 Agency on Aging 16th annual Age of Excellence awards were presented at the Century Center on May 10th in South Bend. One volunteer from Miller’s Merry Manor and three volunteers from Miller’s Senior Living Communtiy of Plymouth were among the nominees at the awards ceremony. The purpose of the Age of Excellence awards is to “recognize those individuals who support their loved ones and their community through daily acts of kindness, compassion and selflessness. They remind us in the most fundamental way, what is most meaningful in life.” John Guyse of Plymouth was nominated in the category of Volunteer of the Year (under 60) by Office Manager Charlotte Thomas of Miller’s Merry Manor. Miller’s Senior Living Community Activity Director Cindy Flagg nominated Annette Ray of Bourbon for Volunteer of the Year (under 60), Juanita Stapan of Plymouth for Kimble Volunteer of the Year (over 60) and The Marshall County Church Orchestra represented by Don Harness for Volunteer Group of the Year. Christopher Lowell was the keynote speaker. He spoke of his parent’s volunteerism and a selfless teacher who also made an impact on his life. He encouraged everyone to never hestitate to committ a random act of kindness. “God created us so we could create other things” , he explained. “The little random acts of kindness are what changes our world – one act at a time.” Following his inspiring speech Terry McFadden of WNDU Channel 16 news presented the awards in eight different categories. All nominees received a certificate of appreciation. The competition was stiff and while those nominated from Miller’s were not the top winners they are all winners in the eyes of the Miller’s residents and staff. The gift of giving one’s time is never taken for granted.