The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging has named Grove City resident Leslie Bostic to the 2012 Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
Inductees are nominated for their tireless dedication to their community. This is the 37th year for the hall of fame.
Dr. Les Bostic is known for his vision, leadership and concern for people, especially children. He served for 40 years as the founding executive director of The Buckeye Ranch. Working with the Womens Juvenile Service Board to establish a ‘home away from home for troubled youth, Bostic had the determination to start with one cottage and turn his vision into The Buckeye Ranch. The ranch provides treatment for youth with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. Under Bostics leadership, the ranch raised private funds to build a campus and double the landmass to nearly 150 acres.
In 1997, Bostic was appointed president and CEO of both a new holding company and The Buckeye Ranch Foundation, where he assumed a leadership role in establishing a 50-member board of directors.
In the late 1990s, an equestrian center was added to offer the children a different kind of therapy. Caring for horses can help a person deal with life beyond the stables. A vision of Bostics late wife, Jo, the equestrian center was established as a legacy to her.
In his retirement, Bostic wanted to continue to help local children in need. Having seen the effect of bad teeth, scars or other disfigurements on childrens self-esteem, he founded a non-profit agency that would provide the necessary medical or dental work to give the children a more normal appearance. During its existence, Making Connections linked children with donated medical or dental services and with social service agencies to ensure the children received treatment and follow-up.
Throughout his life, Bostic has held a leadership role on numerous commissions and boards. Recently, he was chairman of the Southwest Public Librarys 2002 community effort to pass an operating tax levy. Also in 2002, he was appointed by Catholic Bishop James Griffin to the Diocesan Board of Review for the Protection of Children.
Bostic served as Grove Citys administrator from 2004 through 2006. He is a former prison guard, probation officer and clinical social worker.
Bostic is the father of two children, Lisa of Washington, D.C. and Jeff of Seattle. He has three granddaughters.
The mission of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is to plan and advocate for the development and delivery of services for older adults, families and the community. For more information on the agency, visit www.coaaa.org.