The Verde Valley Senior Citizen's Center is welcoming a new director Monday.
Thursday, the Center's board of directors appointed Elaine Bremner, formerly of Cottonwood Village Retirement Community, after members interviewed more than a dozen candidates for the position.
The Center's prior director, Dorothy Englund, retired June 29.
"There are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon for the Senior Citizens' Center," said Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, a member of the board. "We are glad to have someone with Elaine's experience and qualifications on board to help make them happen."
Bremner oversaw the final construction of the multi-million dollar Cottonwood Village during her role as executive director of the facility. It was an experience that will suit her well if the board's vision for the Senior Center become a reality.
"The Senior Center shouldn't be a place where less effluent people go to lunch," said Davis. "It should be a gathering place for seniors, a place for people to go for advice, to socialize and to participate in organized activities."
According to Davis, the board envisions a brand new facility near the Yavapai County Complex or at a nearby location adjacent to the future Public Safety Building near 6th Street and Mingus.
Using dollars from a Community Development Block Grant, as well as contributions from Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Clarkdale, Davis hopes to have construction completed in two years. "That's a positive forecast," he explained.
Bremner says she is looking forward to carrying on and expanding the work of the Senior Center, especially as the region's retirement population swells.
"As the population of the Verde Valley grows it will be a challenge to recruit additional volunteers, modernize the facilities and provide necessary services for the retirement age population," stated Bremner in a press release, adding it was just the type of challenge she relishes.
A longtime advocate for seniors, Bremner has participated in the Yavapai County Workforce Investment Board, the Northern Arizona Homecare Advisory Board, Catholic Social Services Board of Directors, the Prime Time Fair Committee and the Marcus J. Lawrence Foundation advisory Board among others.
"We need Elaine," said Joe Butner, president of the Center's Board of Directors. "She can do what needs to be done as the Senior Citizens' Center prepares for the rest of the 21st Century."
Currently located at 102 E. Pima Street in Cottonwood, the Center provides congregate meals, Meals-On-Wheels and transportation for seniors throughout the Verde Valley. Its facility regularly hosts presentations and services of interest to Verde Valley Seniors.