A familiar person at the Dawson County Senior Center has been hired as its new director.
Dawn Pruett, an employee of the senior center for a little more than year, wasannounced as the new director at a work session of the Dawson County commissioners May 9.
Pruett is excited about the new opportunity. "I feel God has placed me where I belong," she said. "I hope to stay until retirement and finish out here in Dawson County."
A Dawsonville native, Pruett worked as chief appraiser for Dawson County until 2006. She was an appraiser in Gilmer Countyuntil 2012, when she returned to work in the county at the senior center.
But Pruett is aware that she was left with some big shoes to fill, a job left open by the death in March of director Margie Weaver.
"I know I cannot fill those shoes," Pruett said. "Ms. Margie was a great person; she was a mother and grandmother, not just to the employees, but to the staff as well. She was a wonderful lady and can never be replaced. I just hope she instilled some of her of love and affection for our seniors in me. She was just a wonderful person."
Pruett plans to keep Weaver's memory alive by continuing the programs she started at the center, particularly Meals on Wheels.
"We want to definitely make sure if there is a senior in need in the community that they have a hot meal every day," Pruett said.
The senior center sends out 85 hot meals a day to seniors in the community. It also serves 25 guests at the center.
Pruett said the center is also working on developing a fitness program, additional field trips and a monthly crafts day.
And in a couple of weeks, Pruett said the center plans to offer sewing services. The center has members who do simple projects such as hem clothes, sew patches on uniforms and make cushions.
The cost varies per project, but all proceeds help offset the cost of programs at the center.
Pruett said she is excited about working with the staff Weaver set in place. "It's a great staff," She said. "Ms. Margie broughtin great people to work with in the center and in the transit."