New Dayton Senior Center director wants to make a difference

Dayton Senior Center Director Donna English stands next to the reception desk inside the center. English calls the center, "a very quaint place" to be.  Rhonda Costa-Landers/Nevada Appeal

Dayton Senior Center Director Donna English stands next to the reception desk inside the center. English calls the center, "a very quaint place" to be. Rhonda Costa-Landers/Nevada Appeal

Donna English was considering moving back to Northern Nevada from Washington state when her mother suddenly died in October. The unfortunate circumstance made the move inevitable.

English was in Stagecoach recently and began reading the newspaper, something she just didn't do on a regular basis.

"I saw an ad for a director wanted for the Dayton Senior Center," English said. "It was just there. I was drawn to it. So I filled out the application online and submitted it, along with it a resumé."

English, 54, worked for a community service department for a federal agency in the Puget Sound area, mostly in early-childhood services, for five years.

"It was an agency that provided all the things they needed and human services," she said.

On a follow-up phone call, English was asked to come into Lyon County Human Services for an interview when she returned to the area. She was hired.

English said she is enjoying herself as she gets acquainted with the job and the seniors.

"It's fun getting to know them," she said. "This is a very quaint place, very laid back.

"I feel my job is to be here as a facilitator, and guide and pick up on their wants and what they're saying. and make this a place they can thrive in."

English had lived in South Lake Tahoe for 29 years, and her parents had lived in the area for 30 years. She visited them quite often.

"I took up knitting (as a hobby) while in Washington," she said. "I'll probably start a few hobbies here.

"I love to read and cook. I like going through my recipes and putting out a good spread, one that is nutritional."

English would like the center to be a place where seniors have their needs met, can have a nice meal, and be nurtured.

"My hope is to make a difference."

The Dayton Senior Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

It is at 320 Old Dayton Valley Road, next to the library.

• Contact Rhonda Costa-Landers at rcosta-landers@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1223.

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