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Post Date:05/08/2018 12:49 PM

Lewis_MoniqueRAYMORE, MO - Raymore resident Monique Lewis is a winner of the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award. The award promotes and highlights the positive  accomplishments Missouri’s senior citizens provide to their communities.

This year, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson announced 90 winners, chosen from 152 nominees, representing 77 counties across the state.

“Monique Lewis is an extraordinary volunteer who has dedicated herself to creating programs in our community that touch the lives of residents both young and old,” Community Development Director Jim Cadoret said.

Lewis first volunteered with the City of Raymore when she was appointed to the Parks & Recreation Board in 1999, spending 10 years as a leader shaping policy and laying a solid foundation for the future of our award-winning Parks & Recreation Department.

Lewis was appointed to fill a vacated seat on the City Council in 2009, filling the unexpired term.

In 2016 and 2017, Lewis volunteered as a member of a citizen task force charged with preparing and completing an assessment and master plan that led to Raymore achieving Gold Level recognition as a Community for All Ages.

Lewis also volunteers with several non-profit organizations, including the Raymore Sunset Garden Club and as a founding member of the Raymore Parks Foundation.

She is an active member of the Silver Haired Legislature, an elected body of citizens 60 and older who promote conscientious legislative advocacy for Missouri’s older adults. Lewis appears before the Raymore City Council annually on behalf of the organization to provide updates and solicit support for the programs sponsored by the group.

Currently, Lewis volunteers as an instructor and facilitator for the Aging Mastery Program offered to local senior residents. As an extension of the Community for All Ages effort, this 10-week program is designed to help develop behaviors that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security and overall well-being. Lewis has coordinated planning each session, finding instructors and encouraging residents to enroll in the program.

Award winners were recognized at a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol on Monday, May 7.

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