Colorado Commission on Aging honors Simona Gallegos at Senior Leadership Legacy award luncheon

The Colorado Commission on Aging honored the amazing lifetime of work, volunteerism and compassion that Simona Gallegos of Las Animas has provided Colorado seniors over the past several decades.
Gallegos was honored at the CCA annual Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy award luncheon on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Main Street Event Center in Brighton. Friends, family and colleagues were present, as well as other stakeholders who wanted to show their appreciation for all that she has done to care for and assist this quickly growing population.
Simona was born and raised in Walsenburg, Colorado. She married J. B. Gallegos and moved to Las Animas where she was blessed with three children; Joe Tenorio of Las Animas, Sandra Tenorio of Pueblo, and Dale Tenorio of Walsenburg, who in turn blessed her with nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
She attended the St. Mary School in Walsenburg, Trinidad State Junior College, and moved on to Colorado State University at Fort Collins.
She has worked at the Colorado State University Extension Service, the Colorado Department of Social Services, the Otero Junior College-Child Development Services, and the Bent County Senior Center.
She has enjoyed volunteering on the Las Animas City Council for 12 years, Las Animas School Board for eight years, the Sunshine Manor Board for 40 years, at the Senior Center for 40 years, at Tri-County Housing for 15 years, the Sage Services Board for 12 years, the Area Agency on Aging Board for 10 years, the RSVP Board for 10 years, the Bent County Planning and Zoning for 20 years, and on the Inspiration Field Board for 20 years.
Box head: History behind the Allen M.A. Buckingham Award:
ALLEN M. A. BUCKINGHAM served on the Colorado Commission on Aging from 1986 to 1998. The Commission's annual Senior Legacy Award was awarded posthumously to Allen in Denver in 1998 and the event was renamed in his honor. Allen served on the national AARP Board of Directors, as regional director of the Region VIII U.S. Administration on Aging, and held other key positions during his career. Allen promoted the needs of older persons, especially that they live in dignity, have freedom and choice, and realize full and active participation in society. The spirit of his legacy is celebrated annually.