Winters Senior Commission approves new leadership following resignation

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The Winters Senior Commission on Aging unanimously approved a new Vice Chair following the resignation of current Vice Chair Debra Palmer. Palmer was an original member of the inaugural Senior Commission in 2019 and served as its Chair for it’s first year. She had recently been approved as the Vice Chair at the July meeting, but had turned in her resignation as of the August meeting. Commission Wally Pearce nominated Commissioner Valerie Whitworth to serve as the new Vice Chair. The other Commissioners rallied behind the nomination as it went to a vote. The Senior Commission is a few months shy of entering its sophomore year as an official City of Winters advisory committee. The current Commissioners include Chair Glenn Ripley, Vice Chair Whitworth, Secretary Dawn Van Dyke and Commissioners Pearce, Marianne Boyer, Cheryl Sandoval and Tina Lowden. Pearce, Boyer, Sandoval and Lowden are also all pioneering members of the Senior Commission. Ripley voiced that he would like to plan a team building workshop for the Senior Commission so they could take a look at their original mission and goals, review what has been accomplished to date, identify priorities and create new goals for the upcoming year. “I think it’s a great time to reboot and look at moving forward,” Sandoval said in support. As the new Senior Commission Chair, Ripley is hoping to utilize 40 plus years of leadership experience in both business and the nonprofit arena to build upon the power of building consensus around a shared vision for the senior community in Winters. He said he applied to be a part of the Senior Commission to help give back to the community. “Giving back to our community is very important to me and serving seniors was at the top of my list,” Ripley said. According to Ripley, he finds motivation in the Senior Commission’s tasks of helping the City Council and City staff in program planning and operations in 2022. He hopes that the Winters community will help in responding to periodic surveys and questionnaires to help provide input. “We’re working hard to understand the needs of seniors and their families, and advise the City Council on policies and programs that meet these needs,” Ripley said. “Input from members of our community is vital, so our goal is to be accessible, inclusive, and aware of challenges facing those around us.”

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