Volume 3: December 2010

Bonner and Davies Leaders Work Together to Fill Various Roles at Active Ageing

Elise Swanekamp and Clay Grego with Supervisor Pam Roberts

written by Clay Grego’13 and Elise Swanekamp ’12
edited by Emily Bacheller ‘11

Active Aging Inc., located in the Meadville Senior Center of the Lew Davies Community Building, is Crawford County’s agency on aging. Clay Grego ’13, a Bonner Scholar Intern, and Elise Swanekamp ’12, a Davies Leader, had the privilege of working together under the Senior Community Services Director, Pam Roberts. Their relationship as coworkers began immediately with the start of their first years at Allegheny College, and you can bet that they’ve grown to become a part of the Active Aging family throughout the whole process! Pam has allowed them to wear many hats throughout their experiences at the senior center, from coordinating registration and feedback for Pennsylvania’s HealthySteps workshop on in-home safety, to co-coordinating the events and operations of the All-County Active Aging, Inc. senior picnic, which hosted more than 300 visitors at Wishing Well Park.

Over the summer of 2010, daily life at the center consisted of directing a weekly Theater Camp for twenty seniors, including rehearsing and performing skits, organizing a weekly current events discussion group, co-hosting a radio show with Pam Roberts on WMGW radio, writing and submitting press releases for the Meadville Tribune and other local and state-wide media outlets, serving lunch, and distributing the Farmer’s Market Vegetable Food Vouchers to low-income seniors in Crawford County. Towards the end of the summer their largest project focused on organizing the “Through a Veteran’s Eye: A Salute” war veteran commemoration ceremony. Pam charged Grego and Swanekamp with assisting in the compilation of the schedule, speakers, and museum-quality artifacts of this three-day event that was the largest and longest Veteran’s Day celebration in the region.