Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award

The Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award remembers the work of the first president of The Society from 1980-1982. His leadership helped to bring increased awareness and recognition to the field of gerontology in Colorado. The Award recognizes the work of community leaders who strive to be on the vanguard of efforts to improve the quality of life for older adults. The Award was established in 2014, with the inaugural recognitions of Eugene Dawson of Metropolitan State College of Denver, Marvin Montgomery of the Denver Broncos, Justina Curlee of KUVO Jazz89.3, Dennis Gallagher of the City of Denver, Wellington Webb of Webb Group International, Stevon Lucero of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council and Senator John M Befalls, Colorado General Assembly.


The Awards Committee of the Board of Directors is pleased to present the 2015 Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award to Ferol Johnston of Golden Orchard.

The Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award this year is presented to Ferol Johnston. Ferol, an older adult herself, is involved in the daily operations of three assisted living facilities in the Denver area. Motivated by the need for quality care that she observed while taking care of her parents and her husband’s parents, Ferol set out to open Golden Orchard in 1994. Today there are two facilities in Centennial and one in Wheat Ridge.

When the residences were opened, she was able to provide care to her mother prior to her death.

While care and safety are most important, Golden Orchard provides secured facilities for dementia patients. Ferol is often involved in working on a daily basis with residents as well as being active in community educational and policy programs that improve the lives of residents.

Golden Orchard has a unique program called the Scooter Club in which residents are taken on daily activities such as a ride on the Highline Canal or other outings in the community. Each resident is outfitted with a Scooter and accompanied by a staff member to enjoy the outdoors as well as community events.

The Colorado Gerontological Society is pleased to present the Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award to Ferol Johnston.