"Meet the Administrator" connects seniors with town government

Feb 8, 2019

Breakfasts at the Dartmouth Senior Center are a regular occurrence, but on Feb. 7, seniors were introduced to a special guest: Town Administrator Shawn MacInnes.

It was the “Meet the Administrator” breakfast day at the center, explained Activities Coordinator Nancy Miller. It was organized to give Senior Center regulars and newbies alike an opportunity to meet directly with a town leader, ask questions, and get informed.

It was also a chance for MacInnes to check out what he noted is one of the most active Senior Centers out of the communities he’s worked in.

“I’ve been here a few times, and there’s always so many activities going on,” MacInnes said. “It’s a lot busier.”

During the breakfast, residents both lifelong and new introduced themselves. Council on Aging Board member Dan Fournier was present to highlight the work of the staff, board, and Friends of the Elderly, which all support Senior Center operations, as well as issues like the need for a youth center in town.

Phil and Fran McMann just moved to town two months ago from South Boston, and the breakfast was one of their first big events at the Senior Center. Both were impressed with the offerings, and noted they enjoyed meeting the town’s administration.

MacInnes fielded questions about building projects, who the best people at Town Hall are to contact for specific issues, and learned a great deal himself about the Senior Center.

“They are all users of the Senior Center, and they raved about the staff and programs here,” MacInnes said, noting funding for the programs was something he heard.