The executive director of the Boyle County Senior Citizens Center was officially given the all-clear Wednesday by the board and moved from a probationary period to permanent position, with members noting that she had more than proven herself at the job.
Sheila Cain became the interim director during a tumultuous time last March and had been serving in the capacity for the past year, which she said had been a “positive move” for herself.
During the meeting, board member Bob Rowland credited Cain for her work, saying it is good to see things that were being talked about actually happening. Cain stressed that it was only possible with the backing of a “good, strong board.”
Since she was appointed interim director about a year ago, the center has added new programs to the existing ones, including yoga, line dancing, commodities pickup, mystery trips to locations such as the Community Arts Center’s Wild West exhibit, and a healthy eating for older adults course, which required training from the Bluegrass Area Development District for Cain and her assistant, Susan Smith. They hope to also teach the course to residents of Arnold Tower in the coming months.
She also hopes to help plan overnight trips, even some out of the country, for participants of the center.
“I’m feeding ideas from them,” Cain said. “If I come up with an idea, I do a survey.”
She explained that it is quick and anonymous, just to give her an idea if the program is one the center’s participants would be interested in.
For those who spend time at the center, Cain said, it should feel like their “home away from home” and she explained that she strives to make that happen.
“I just adore each and every one of (the participants),” she said, noting she wants to help senior adults in any way she can. Cain also serves on the Elder Abuse Council.
The numbers of seniors participating in programs has grown as well, especially those seeking meal deliveries. Cain explained there was a waiting list of people wanting food delivered, which was largely due to not having enough funds to cover those meals.
She continually credited the board as being a “strong asset” to making the center work, stressing it had been a “team effort between the board, my staff and myself.”
Before becoming interim director, Cain worked at the center as an administrative assistant, before relocating to another county. When she got the call asking her to fill in as a temporary director, Cain explained that she ultimately realized she had to do it, because she “loved that center.”
During the meeting, the board also approved other aspects that go with Cain coming off of a probationary period, such as check-signing privileges.
The board also decided to renovate Cain’s office and discussed plans to work on other areas of the center.