In conjunction with the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP), we celebrated Activity Professionals Week from Monday, January 23rd to Friday, January 27th.
NAAP was formed in 1981 by activity leaders who are committed to providing quality-of-life experiences for older adults. To honor Activity Professionals across the country, the very first National Activity Professionals Day was celebrated on January 27, 1984, and it now is celebrated for an entire week. This year's theme was “Celebrating Life: Touching Hearts.
According to the NAAP, the definition of an Activity Professional is one who treasures each member's history, respects their needs, and enables their potential and dreams to be recognized. Our staff exemplifies the highest ideal of these professionals. They are on the front line, interacting with members all day. They greet them as they enter, lead the morning and afternoon programs, serve lunch, and help get members into their cars or onto buses at the end of the day. The ADC attributes its reputation for outstanding care and compassion to the longevity and dedication of its activity staff many of whom have been on the team for tenures of ten years or more. Our Craft Director, MaryAnn Royce-Koehler, celebrated 30 years of service last October. Jane Kappus is the Activity Director and she has been with the ADC for 20 years. Activity Assistants Tina Crawford and BJ Jenerette have served for 15 years. Angela Scarpati was hired in 2007. Nikki Hoffman, Assistant Activity Director joined the team in 2014. Kathy Xumphonphakdy, Linda Koche, Debbie Cocino and Adebayo Kareem all joined the staff in 2015 and Debbie Cocino and Meredith Tesch came on board in 2016. When asked about the staff, Diann Robinson, Executive Director, explains "Our staff stays with us because they truly believe in our mission and enjoy working with our members." We will be celebrating this week with a social on Wednesday, January 25th, when the team will be acknowledged for their years or service individually at a special presentation.