|By Sanne Specht, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Bruland serves on the Governor's
He has been a delegate to the
His colleagues say Bruland's life's work has been to promote the dignity, quality of life and self-determination of seniors and people with disabilities.
"Don is a modest man," Varble said. "But the programs he has administered and championed (through RVCOG) have been literally life-changing for thousands of individuals in our community."
Bruland landed at
Bruland began as a department of one, himself. Over the decades, his work grew into an organization that includes 149 staff, nearly 400 volunteers and directs programs in
Bruland's legacy includes participation in the creation and expansion of cutting-edge programs such as Oregon Project Independence and Living Well, which enable people to live independently.
"Most of us want to live in our own home as long as possible," Bruland said. "That choice is important."
He was a "tremendous advocate," Buckley said. "He has made people's lives better. He has made the state better. It's a great legacy."
"His vision has inspired the present form of long-term care in
"Now I'll be looking at the other end of the spectrum," Toller said, adding he and Bruland have worked together for the past month or so.
"Don is an expert in the
Bruland plans to continue advocating for seniors and the disabled when he's not busy being a "bi-coastal grandparent" and a
"I will still be involved in our community," Bruland said. "I will continue my advocacy work with the individuals and causes that I believe in. That's who I am. That's not just my job."
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