Fairfax County Honors Aging Advocates – Lord and Lady Fairfax
Aging and Eldercare Advocates Steve Gurney and Barbara Sullivan received Lord and Lady Fairfax honors by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 7th.
The tradition of honoring the Lords and Ladies Fairfax began in 1984 as a way to recognize the accomplishments of the outstanding citizens of Fairfax County. Each member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selects two people from their district who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service, heroism or other special accomplishments to receive the award.
Lady Barbara Sullivan
Barbara Sullivan has resided in the Mount Vernon District since the 1980s. Since then, she has joined the Paul Spring Retirement Community to head the marketing/business development team in 2001. She focused on senior issues and continued her education to qualify as a licensed Administrator for Assisted Living in the State of Virginia. After obtaining her license, she was promoted to Assistant Executive Director. Ms. Sullivan left Paul Spring to open her own consulting practice helping seniors maintain their independence at home and offering solutions for families that need more care for their aging parents. She was a board member, then appointed Executive Director of Mount Vernon At Home, a non-profit to help seniors stay active and independent.
Ms. Sullivan served on the Board of Directors for the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber and Chairman. She was awarded the Pro-Aging Award, Honoring Exceptional Professionals in the Field of Aging, and the Citizen of the Year award from the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers with the Chamber outreach programs and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Development.
Lord Steve Gurney
As an innovator and visionary, there are few who know the challenges faced by our aging citizens better than Steve Gurney. Drawing from his family’s experience of caring for his aging grandfather, Mr. Gurney created the Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook, a comprehensive publication to help others in the same situation.
Mr. Gurney serves on the Fairfax Community Long Term Coordinating Council and in 2010, was an integral member of the committee that helped organize the Aging in Hunter Mill Forum. The forum helped seniors and caregivers learn more about available resources and programs to retire gracefully and comfortably in their communities. Mr. Gurney developed a survey which the planning committee used to interview senior residents, providing valuable information for the forum as well as a tool benefitting County agencies and community organizations. He provides a professional perspective to the continuing discussions and planning to enable the aging population to remain in their communities.