Huntersville woman named Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honoree


Michele Cook and her boss Bill Sweezy – Submitted Photo


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – April 23, 2018 – Michele Cook, a Huntersville resident and active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter, was named a 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honoree.

“Receiving this honor means so much,” said Cook, a 20-year veteran of the senior care industry and Director of Business Development for All About Seniors. “After witnessing firsthand the effects and devastation of Alzheimer’s and dementia through my grandmother, I am very passionate about supporting the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter and being an advocate for others living with this disease and their loved ones.”

Among one of 13 honorees, Cook received this honor for the impact she has made in her community for families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition to helping organize, operate and promote multiple Walk to End Alzheimer’s throughout the Piedmont region, she personally raised $8,000 in 2017. She was also one of the original team members who worked to create Huntersville CAREs – an initiative in the town of Huntersville to create a dementia friendly culture. She also continues to support and sustain this initiative through: World Rocks Dementia, First Fridays; and various Memory Cafes. Cook also serves on the boards of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition, Centralina Area Agency on Aging’s Volunteer Transportation Services and Gracious Living Adult Day Care’s Fund the Senior Fun, Inc.

“Michele [Cook] goes above and beyond in making significant contributions to the Alzheimer’s community and is truly deserving of this honor,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “The impact she has had on our organization and the people we serve is truly immeasurable. She is one of our best cheerleaders and is quick to provide support and encouragement to all who need it.”

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