Hume Laidman Cofounder and President of Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS) has been named a Champion for seniors for the impact he has made on the quality of life for seniors in our community. Hume is one of the five honorees selected in the Today’s Options Champions competition to be highlighted at the Syracuse Chiefs baseball game on July 30th. This award is given to outstanding individuals who demonstrate excellence through what they give back to their community and make a difference in the lives of older adults.

With this recognition CRIS is a finalist for a $10,000 grant for their work with seniors. To secure the grant and make Hume the Grand Champion we need your votes, community votes will determine the final winner. You can vote once a day (once on computer, once on iPhone, iPad) at from August 1-27. The winner will be announced at the New York State Fair.

A former Carrier Corporation executive in charge of worldwide manufacturing operations, Hume Laidman has remained vibrant during retirement. He is an active member of SCORE a group of experienced business leaders that advise and mentor start up business owners. He also mentors students at Cazenovia High School Engineering Program. He has been a ski patrol member for 49 years and is a support volunteer for bladder cancer patients at CNY Cancer Center. It is his tireless work on behalf of Cazenovia Seniors that made him a Todays Options finalist.

For the past six years Hume has been a driving force for coordinating and promoting services for local seniors with the goal that seniors remain in their homes and stay connected to their community.  After a community study revealed that Cazenovia was losing most of their senior population to other communities Hume speared headed a group that studied what other communities were doing and then started CRIS. “We researched many issues and found that as people age and are no longer able to drive they lose their independence and become isolated. Often their health declines and they need to move out of their homes. We consulted with other communities who successfully implemented a volunteer driving program and started CRIS-CAT” said Hume. “This is the signature program for CRIS and the numbers of drivers and passengers continues to grow”. The CRIS-CAT  (Cazenovia Area Transportation) program drives seniors to medical appointments, hairdressing, shopping, church and other needs. This program has 60 volunteer drivers and is coordinated by Steve Burrell.

“We are so excited and proud that Hume has been picked as a finalist and CRIS may receive $10,000 to offer programs for seniors. We need to get out the vote to make this grant a reality” said Nancy Zeferjahn, CRIS treasurer. Vote daily at www.todaysoptionschampions from August 1-27.