Marian Boylan Receives Silver Spotlight Award for Contributions to Community


marian-boylan2On September 23, Marian Boylan, resident at The Bellingham at Orchard, received the Washington Health Care Association‘s (WHCA) Silver Spotlight Award, a program that recognizes the remarkable achievements of assisted living and skilled nursing center residents statewide.

The award honors individuals among the “Greatest Generation” who devote their lives to the service of others in their communities and beyond.

Boyle represents over 30,000 citizens who receive care and services in skilled nursing and assisted living centers in Washington State.

Those who have visited The Leese Collection at Western Washington University‘s Western Gallery are enjoying an art collection donated to the school by Boyle. In 2005 Marian Leese Boylan gave her parents’ private collection to the Western Gallery. Marian Leese Boylan also has made major contributions to the Leese Collection since 2005.

“Marian Boylan is a remarkable woman who has a strong history of supporting the arts and education,” says Robin Dale, CEO of the Washington Health Care Association. “The remarkable part of this story is that she completed her master’s degree at age 70, and then taught school in China for two years. Marian’s contributions have not been limited by advancing age.”

An award ceremony for Boyle was held at The Bellingham at the Orchard on September 23. Marian and her fellow recipients will also be honored at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Washington, on December 5, 2014, as well as featured in the WHCA’s 2015 Silver Spotlight calendar.

About Washington Health Care Association

The Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) is a statewide non-profit organization representing over 400 assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

WHCA’s mission is to promote quality long-term and post acute health care and services, while serving as an advocate for providers, staff, and the patients and residents they care for.


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