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LeadingAge Florida's Lifetime Achievement Award Given to Our CEO, Roger Stevens

July 25, 2019

ORLANDO, July 22, 2019 – On Monday, LeadingAge Florida honored Westminster Communities of Florida’s CEO, Roger Stevens, for his extraordinary career of leadership and service to older adults.

This year’s awards were given at LeadingAge Florida’s 56th Annual Convention, held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort. The theme of this year’s event was “What If?”

Stevens was recognized for his exceptional dedication to older adults throughout his entire lifetime. In presenting the award, Westminster COO Garry Hennis said that Stevens is “a visionary leader and builder – someone who has made exceptional contributions over the course of a career and has positively impacted and advanced the aging services field.” He added, “Please join me in congratulating Roger!”

After the award was presented to him, Stevens said in his remarks, “What an honor it is to be chosen by you for this award – all of you who contributed to this! It is not always easy to serve, so I want to say thanks to all of our staff for their dedication. And thank you very much for this great honor.”

Stevens has served Westminster Communities of Florida and its residents since 1995, first as chief operating officer, and then as chief executive officer since 2011. He is also the chairman of LeadingAge Florida, the state association representing the industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant and former manager with an international CPA firm working for not-for-profit retirement community and health care clients throughout the Western United States. He is experienced in feasibility studies, new facility development, financing, start-up, turn-around and operations. Stevens has been a speaker at national and regional retirement community and healthcare meetings and conventions, and has been active with LeadingAge and LeadingAge Florida.

Westminster Communities of Florida is proud to have such an exceptional leader contributing to our Mission. It is through his hard work that we are able to serve older adults throughout Florida and make the greater communities we serve stronger at the same time.

Please join us in congratulating Roger Stevens on this award!

LAF 2019 Awards: Roger Stevens from AssociationStudios.com on Vimeo.

About LeadingAge Florida: For 56 years, LeadingAge Florida has served as a nonprofit statewide association of more than 250 mission-driven communities, representing the full continuum of care for seniors with members ranging from affordable housing to nursing homes and from assisted living facilities to continuing care retirement communities. LeadingAge Florida is proud to serve quality leaders who devote themselves to creating a culture of excellence that motivates and inspires others throughout the aging continuum. LeadingAge Florida’s members are trusted with providing quality care and services to Florida’s seniors. LeadingAge Florida promotes practices that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.

About Westminster Communities of Florida: Westminster Communities of Florida is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization serving more than 7,000 residents in 22 communities around Florida who are in search of an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, we’ve been Florida’s best choice in active senior living. Our Mission of service commits us to creating and preserving excellent active living communities and honoring each person’s dignity, rights, self-respect and independence.


Join us at LeadingAge Florida's 56th Annual Convention & Expo

July 5, 2019

We're getting ready for LeadingAge Florida's 56th Annual Convention and Exposition, "What If?" on July 22-24 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Join leaders from Westminster Communities of Florida and other organizations as they present in several educational sessions discussing the future of service to older adults. You can learn more about the conference on LeadingAge Florida’s Web site.

Join us for the following Westminster Communities of Florida educational sessions:

  • "Impacting Lives through Senior Learning: A Housing - University Collaboration" with Janet Herron, Vice President of Mission Preservation, Westminster Communities of Florida; Sandra Knoble, Director of Quality Initiatives, Westminster Communities of Florida; and Lisa Granville, M.D., Associate Chair, Professor of Geriatrics, Florida State University College of Medicine, on Monday, July 22, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • "Creating Supply Chain Efficiencies" with Mario Deluca, Corporate Director – Residential Experience, Westminster Communities of Florida; and Robert Bernal, SE Regional Manager, Value First Chet Chandler, VP Strategic Accounts, Value First, on Monday, July 22, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For more information on each educational session, click here. We hope to see you there!


Westminster Shores Celebrates The Special Location Where The Movie "Cocoon" Was Filmed

June 5, 2019

Back in 1985, Westminster Shores was home to the film shoot of "Cocoon," the Oscar-winning movie about a group of seniors who discover aliens and a fountain of youth.

Last Friday, in celebration, Westminster Shores held a special "Cocoon"-themed party for residents. The all-star cast included a special presentation by Nan Colton, a local performing artist and a script reader on the original production, as well as a costume contest, dancing and a memory wall for residents and employees to share.

This part of Westminster Shores is the future home of Sunrise Point at Westminster Shores, breaking ground this fall. So we're celebrating the community's star turn one more time.

Enjoy the video of Friday's celebration, and share your memories of "Cocoon" with us!


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