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Magnolia Resident is AARP Delaware's Andrus Award Winner

Patrick J. McGill (PJ) has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2022 AARP Delaware Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.

AARP Delaware selected McGill for his remarkable service, which has greatly benefited his community, reflected AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.

PJ McGill has been an AARP Advocacy Volunteer since 2010, first in Pennsylvania, and more recently working with AARP Delaware. He is a visible force at Legislative Hall in Dover, advocating for issues that make life better for Delawareans age 50 and over. PJ spends many days during Delaware’s Legislative sessions meeting with legislators and their staff, on behalf of AARP Delaware. He worked tirelessly with the entire team known as AARP Delaware’s First State Advocacy Team to help pass the Share the Care Act, the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Communities Act, Paid Medical Leave, and Delaware EARNS.  

McGill developed his love of volunteering very young, while he was a Boy Scout.  He majored in English at Temple University and  served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for twenty-one years, where he was an Infantry Officer. He also was a Philadelphia Fire Fighter, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT,) and a nurse.

As President of the Pennsylvania Paramedic Assn., he advocated for medical and Quality Patient Care issues at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

“I love to collaborate and work with others when volunteering,” said McGill. “Fortunately, I have been able to work with the occasional challenges to make life better for all.”

He also noted that he was thrilled that these bills benefitted all Delawareans, many of whom are retired Military, Police, Fire Fighters and emergency medical service providers.

AARP Delaware will present the award to PJ McGill at a ceremony on November 16, 2022, 11:30 AM during a luncheon at the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover.

“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says George Meldrum, AARP Delaware State President. AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

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