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Ruth Fisher named caregiver of the year

Gresham resident Ruth Fisher has been named Home Instead Senior Caregiver of the Year for the Pacific Region, according to Preston Roth, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, serving Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Fisher, along with seven other regional caregivers, was selected from 65,000 caregivers in North America, who provide older adults with in-home services including companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, incidental transportation, errands and shopping to help them live at home independently.

Fisher, who has been a caregiver for six years, is a finalist for the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Mary Steibel Caregiver of the Year Award, the network’s top caregiving honor to be presented in April in Omaha, Neb.

“We’re proud to honor Ruth for her compassionate service and commitment to older adults,” Roth said.

East County man elected Home Forward’s board chairman

David Widmark was recently elected chairman of Home Forward’s board of commissoners and took office this month.

“As chair, I want to continue our work to provide healthy housing for all of our constituents,” Widmark said. “We need to take a holistic approach, partnering with others to deal with the issues that can impact our clients and the community at large.”

A member of the commission since 2009, Widmark is the agency’s first chairman from east Multnomah County.

He served on the Gresham City Council four times, including two years as council president.

He was chairman for five of his seven years on the Gresham Planning Commission and chaired the City Finance Committee.

Widmark is retired from a 36-year career with the U.S. Forest Service.

Home Forward is governed by a nine-member volunteer citizen commission. Commissioners are appointed by one of three jurisdictions the agency serves — the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the City of Gresham — and approved by the Portland City Council.




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