SilverSource Inc.

— a leader in advocating for the needs of older adults and their families — announced the winners of the second annual SilverSource Awards last week, including one for James Lisher.

The awards, which celebrate volunteers, individuals, organizations or businesses making a significant difference in the lives of Fairfield County’s older adults, will be presented Oct. 17 during the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast event, which will focus on investment and innovation in an aging world.

Nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders.

Lisher earned the SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Award for his outstanding work as a volunteer in thecommunity.

Lisher helped to develop and install the iStep Telehealth program for the town of New Canaan, and the TIPS program in the city of Stamford. The program improves seniors’ health and wellness, as vital signs are collected, and activity levels are tracked via Fitbit. A tele-nurse reviews the data and provides feedback. Group meetings, an informative newsletter and one-on-one meetings all contribute to helping people become more engaged and take charge of their own healthcare.

Other 2017 SilverSource Award winners were Roni Lang, who helped to develop the Stamford Hospital Geriatric Assessment Program and then went on to expand the Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital, Pat Knebel, a longtime advocate for nonprofit organizations providing services to older adults, and ElderHouse, a Norwalk adult day center that serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

Ellen Jennings, of New Canaan, was named to the University of Dallas dean’s list for the spring semester for earning a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Jennings is majoring in psychology.

A number of New Canaan natives made the dean’s list at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Students who receive a term GPA of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses for a conventional letter grade earn the spring dean’s award for academic excellence.

Class of 2019 member Carter Hunt, a graduate of New Canaan High School, earned the dean’s award for academic excellence.

Students who receive a term GPA of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three course credits during the spring semester earn the dean’s award with distinction.

Robert Schultz, a graduate of Brunswick School, earned the spring dean’s award with distinction, as did New Canaan High School graduates Andrew Jahns, Kerinne O’Connor, Madison Seger, Julie Spindel, Stephanie Torromeo, Taylor Corbett, John McMahon and Elizabeth Swindell.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Darien

8/31: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Easton

8/28: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

Fairfield

8/30: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road

8/30: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

8/31: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St.

Stamford

8/19: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

8/26: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Stratford

8/25: 1:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 West Broad St.

Trumbull

8/19: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main St.

8/23: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road

8/24: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Now in it’s 40th year, the New Canaan Society for the Arts annual member show celebrates the range, interests, and talents of our artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media in art.

New and current members may enter up to three pieces, one of which may be chosen for inclusion in the exhibition at the Carriage Barn Arts Center.

Submissions are due Aug. 18.

The entry fee is $20 for up to three pieces. To enter, membership must be current for the duration of the show through Oct. 7. Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception Sept. 10.

Those interested in exhibiting or participating in other activities can join or renew their membership at carriagebarn.org or by calling 203-972-1895.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at sheila.figueroa@childguidancect.org or 203-517-3346.