Former Dwyer Center manager says goodbye

I'd like to wish the patrons of the Bay Village Dwyer Center a prosperous and happy New Year.

I worked at the center for the past 15 years, including the past two years as the Senior Center Manager. But in mid-December, I received a letter from Mayor Deborah Sutherland informing me that my position was being eliminated and that I would be placed on administrative leave, effective immediately. I was instructed to collect my personal belongings and leave that afternoon.

I loved my job and did not retire. My position was eliminated.

My only regret regarding my abrupt departure from the center was my inability to say goodbye to anyone. So close to the holidays, it sure would have been nice to spend a few moments with some of the frequent visitors to the center, to whom I've become quite close. It would have been nice to be allowed to take a few minutes to wish them a Merry Christmas, and exchange contact information so I could stay in touch.

It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege to serve the residents who frequented the center. I learned so much and met so many wonderful people. I have great respect for your energy level – keeping your minds and bodies active. I hope I'm able to continue to advocate for older adults in some capacity.

At this point, my only option is to send this letter and hope it reaches enough people.

– Susan H. Zisko, Avon Lake

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:42 PM, 01.10.2012