TORRINGTON – Paul Novak from the Goshen Care Center Joint Powers Board was honored as the AARP Wyoming’s Andrus Award winner on Thursday.
Novak won the award for his work in establishing a 30-room assisted living facility in Goshen County.
While the opening ceremony for the assisted living facility, Evergreen Plaza, is set for Sunday, Oct. 24, Novak has more plans to remodel the independent living facility and combine the two into one big community.
Novak was also instrumental in the creation of a 24-unit independent living facility, a skilled nursing home and dementia care unit with 75 rooms.
Novak said he was thankful to have won the award but said there were many others who helped him win it.
“It’s really not a personal award,” Novak said. “There’s so many parts to this award there’s all the people I’ve worked with and all the years that it would be a long list that I would have to add to this award.”
The other finalists were Thomas Trapp who owns an insulation company that also handles asbestos removal, and Clarence and Stella Montano who have worked together for years on AARP Wyoming’s Sheridan Community Action Team.
Novak will be honored with the award during a virtual ceremony in December.
About the award
The Andrus Award, named after AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service. The Andrus Award is considered the state’s premiere award for volunteers aged 50 and over.