CALA’s Advocate of the Year Award honors CALA members who actively build relationships with legislators, support CALA’s policy priorities, and demonstrate a commitment to grassroots action on behalf of Assisted Living. During CALA’s 2016 Assisted Living Advocacy Day, we were proud to honor two CALA members as 2015 Advocates of the Year:
Monique Dixon – Brookdale Yreka
“Relationship-building” is a term that people throw around a lot, but Monique Dixon is an expert. The relationship she has built with Assemblymember Brian Dahle’s (R-Redding) office began in 2014 with a Day in Your District meeting and community visit from District Director Bruce Ross. “Because of the positive relationship built in 2014,” Monique says, when she arrived at Dahle’s office for 2015’s Advocacy Day, “the Assemblymember recognized me, stopped what he was doing and took time to personally accept the information provided, and then followed up with a phone call.” Monique’s 2015 advocacy efforts also included building relationships with the Yreka Rotary, Mayor David Simmens, and legislative district staffers.
Cathy Katz – Casa de Santa Fe
The excitement and optimism that Cathy Katz brings to her advocacy efforts on behalf of Assisted Living is infectious. From visits with legislative offices during CALA’s advocacy events to monthly meetings with fellow administrators to the Alzheimer’s support group she co-leads, Cathy energizes policymakers and fellow citizens and embodies the “life” found in Assisted Living. She enjoys educating the general public on Assisted Living and connecting legislators with their constituents—her residents and staff members. In her words, “I love being able to share about Assisted Living. We get the opportunity to share what we do and how it works. Assisted Living helps people thrive!”
Congratulations to both Advocates of the Year, and thank you for your commitment to educating policymakers and community leaders on the importance of Assisted Living!