With April showers (hopefully) giving way to May flowers, I’m reflecting on my first six fulfilling months at MCOA.  The transition has been incredibly smooth thanks to the warm welcome I’ve received from the MCOA team and the broader network. I’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings, and I’m feeling grateful for the support and camaraderie I’ve found here.

My first month was a whirlwind of learning about the unique aspects of senior centers and the municipalities they serve. From countless Zoom meetings with each of my colleagues to SIG RFP proposals to transitioning from being a Google nerd to a Microsoft newbie…it has all been amazing!

While I had previously spoken at many senior centers in my role as an AARP presenter, I have had the pleasure of visiting 11 COAs since starting my role as Training and Education Manager for MCOA. This has included a few in-person trainings, celebrations, staff meetings, and just stopping in for a tour and a chat! I hope to get out to many more in the future!

Since joining MCOA in November, we’ve hit the ground running, offering training on leadership, strategic planning, hoarding disorder, grant writing, and even navigating end-of-life conversations. The overwhelming response to our training survey fuels my excitement for the future – I can’t wait to see what new topics we can bring to the network!

To keep this (first ever) blog post short, I extend my deepest gratitude towards all of YOU! I look forward to meeting so many of you at the upcoming Spring Symposium (go register now if you haven’t already) or at future trainings.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King