2016-07-27 / Front Page

Erin Drake named SENIOR CITIZEN DIRECTOR

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

After several months of closure, the Jenkins County Commissioners are preparing to re-open the Jenkins County Senior Citizen Center sometime in August. Erin Drake will assume the position of Senior Citizen Director August 1st.

County Administrator Grady Saxon said Ms. Drake was selected from a field of six applicants and is highly qualified for the position. She was previously employed by PruittHealth-Bethany as Activities Director for the past five years. She also was previously employed at East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta as a Professional Social Services Worker and Activity Therapist.

Ms. Drake holds a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgia Southern University (GSU) and has obtained national recognition as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

“Through my 14 years of experience as a CTRS, I have had the privilege of working with diverse populations in the areas of substance abuse, treatment, community recreation, behavioral and mental health and long-term care. I am involved as a community volunteer, currently a member of the Millen Woman’s Club and National Association of Professional Women, and I serve as an internship/volunteer/ practicum mentor to Therapeutic Recreation students at GSU and LPN students at Ogeechee Technical College,” said Ms. Drake.

Through additional field and coursework, she has obtained recognition as a Certified Dementia Practitioner, focusing on pursuing therapeutic breakthroughs in the areas of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

“I am excited as I embark on this next chapter, becoming the Jenkins County Senior Citizen Center Director. My plan is to create a holistic environment, focusing on spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. I want the senior citizens in this community to have something to look forward to each day, incorporating entertainment, education, healthy living and philanthropy,” Ms. Drake said.

Ms. Drake will attend training classes at the Regional Commission office in Augusta and on the job at the Center prior to the Center’s opening.

Mr. Saxon indicated that an Assistant Director will be hired to assist Ms. Drake and that the position would be advertised soon.

He also noted that the Center would be undergoing a “facelift” prior to re-opening. “We’re going to be doing some work on the inside of the building to get it ready for the Grand Opening,” Mr. Saxon said.

The Center was closed in March when several staff members resigned. The Commissioners have been working with the Regional Commission since that time to re-open the Center.

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