2018-06-07 / Front Page

Elaine Liversedge retires from the Flushing Area Senior Center

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 * bgagnon@mihomepaper.com

Elaine Liversedge (left) symbolically hands the administrative baton to Jennifer Gagne (right). 
Photo by Ben Gagnon Elaine Liversedge (left) symbolically hands the administrative baton to Jennifer Gagne (right). Photo by Ben Gagnon FLUSHING – After working with area seniors for many years, Elaine Liversedge is entering a new chapter in her life.

Last Friday was Liversedge’s final day as the Flushing Area Senior Center’s administrative assistant, a position she held for 13 ½ years. She will be succeeded by Jennifer Gagne, who is the center’s current program director.

In her role as administrative assistant, Liversedge scheduled activities, planned trips and coordinated enrichment classes for seniors. She was also a secretary at the center for two years before switching to the administrative position.

Liversedge said her plans after retirement revolve around “people to see, places to go and things to do.” However, she still plans to volunteer at the center and participate in many of the same classes and events that she’s organized as an administrator.

“There’s exercise classes I want to get involved in and things of that nature that I can be a part of now,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

One of Liversedge’s fondest memories at the center is when she organized a life-sized Monopoly game for senior members. The game was complete with cards made from poster board, huge dice pieces and a jail carved out from a large box.

“Since it was Halloween, we renamed all the (game board) spots so they were Halloween-oriented,” she said. “It was lots of fun.”

Over the years, Liversedge has arranged a wide variety of trips for senior center members, including visits to the Detroit Opera House and outings at Comerica Park for Detroit Tiger home games. She also organized birthday picnics for members and published the center’s monthly newsletter, Our Perspective.

For Liversedge, the heart of her mission has always been to enhance the lives of seniors. Activities and events, she said, have been great tools for drawing people out of their shells and getting them more involved with the community.

Above all, Liversedge wants to be remembered for bringing love and compassion to the elderly of Genesee County.

In the meantime, she’ll be handing the baton to Gagne, who started volunteering at the Flushing Area Senior Center last summer before becoming its program director this year.

“I came here and asked if they needed any help in the kitchen,” Gagne said. “That led to helping with the birthday picnics and volunteering several more times.”

Eventually, Gagne was offered a full-time position by Executive Director Gary Dearing. She said she is excited to begin her new role and help the center grow with new programs and classes, while getting more sponsors on board.

Her most important goal, though, is to continue her passion of caring for seniors.

“The most important thing we do here is love people,” she said. “They (seniors) have so much knowledge and history to share with us. We want to enhance their lives and support their independence.”

In the meantime, the Flushing Area Senior Center will be celebrating Liversedge in style with an Open House Retirement Party on June 22, 1 to 3 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served, and members are encouraged to bring cards and gifts for Liversedge.

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