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25 years of supporting seniors

Posted: November 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

SuzAnn Nelsen recently celebrated her 25th year with the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. She is the center's director of Support Services.

 

It was a silver anniversary for SuzAnn Nelsen, as the director of the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s Support Services department she recently celebrated 25 years with the center.

A resident of the Santa Clarita Valley for nearly 40 years, Nelsen has overseen Supportive Services since 1991. She first came to the center in 1987 as a peer counselor, making in-home visits to lonely and depressed seniors.

“Every day’s different, dealing with people all day long. How can you be bored? I like making a difference,” she said.

Nelsen’s department provides a variety of senior services, including: peer counseling, legal services, durable power of attorney for healthcare, assessments for home-delivered meals, support groups, forms completion and more.

“We provide critical services that allow seniors to age in place with dignity, independence and quality for as long as it’s safely possible,” she said. “We provide connections and services that people are often unaware of until a need arises.”

After 25 years at the Senior Center, she said it’s a reward “just seeing that we’ve made a difference in people’s lives.”

Nelsen got a surprise on Oct. 19, when, during the center’s busy lunchtime, Executive Director Rachelle Dardeau grabbed a microphone to let the crowded dining hall know about the anniversary and thank Nelsen for her service. Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean also stopped by to present Nelsen with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the City Council.

“It was overwhelming,” Nelsen said. “I thought it was awesome in the true sense of the word.”

Dardeau had nothing but good things to say about Nelsen.

“As director of Supportive Services, SuzAnn is a valuable asset to the Senior Center,” she said. “Her dedication to helping seniors with warmth, care and compassion is inspiring.”

The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St., Newhall. For more information call the center at 661-259-9444 or visit www.scv-seniorcenter.org.

 

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