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The George H. Nettleton Foundation is pleased to announce the tenth annual
Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award

Beginning in 2011 each year an individual will be chosen to receive the Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award honoring an individual that exemplifies the values and vision personified by Dr. Cole throughout his life. Dr. Cole inspired all to look at aging as a time of opportunity to continue learning and to give back. Dr Cole was particularly well known for his belief that some of life’s best, most important work takes place in the later years. This award is initiated to honor and recognize an individual who personifies this value by demonstrating the importance and present use of their knowledge, talents, skills and passions in their work or volunteer service. The awardee will be chosen from candidates nominated by organizations or individuals throughout the greater Kansas City metro area.
The awardee will receive a $5,000 monetary award. Nominations should be based on the following criteria.
A candidate:

  • Must be 65 years of age or older.

  • Should be an undeniable role model – their story should inspire others.

  • Should demonstrate social innovation and leadership

  • Should demonstrate a significant impact on the community

  • May be a volunteer or employed in an encore career

  • Candidates must demonstrate that they are making a big difference, creating a significant impact in the community and serving as a role model for other

Connie Hadley

Connie Hadley is a true example of a servant leader. She has given back to her community for many years, and continues to be a shining light for those in need. Connie has a contagious mile, big heart and caring personality, which allows her to create lasting relationships and leave a positive impact on anyone she encounters.

Connie has served as a Foster Grandparent volunteer with Catholic Charities for 22 years now. She is currently serving at Edwardsville Elementary School through the Foster Grandparent program, which places adults in Wyandotte County schools to help mentor at risk children. Over her years of service she has grown to love the children, teachers, staff and parents. On her 20th anniversary, the school decided to recognize Connie for her dedication to the students. During the last week of May as the school year was wrapping up, the decided to name May 26th Connie Hadley Day.

Besides being involved as a Foster Grandparent volunteer, Connie has given back to the Wyandotte County community in so many other ways. She has now volunteered in Edwardsville for the past 72 years! Her favorite is “working side by side with children every day.” Besides teaching children, Connie served on the District 204 Board, as Bonner Springs’ assistant city manager, speaks locally about Black History Month, and wrote the first grant for Edwardsville, which started the Tiblow Transit and Vaughn-Trent Thrift Store. Connie continues to advocate for others and her community and has left a lasting impact on us all. She is truly deserving of the tenth annual Elbert Cole Award.  


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