Photos by Erin Smith
Ardis Egan conducts an aerobic class at Canton Woods Senior Center.
Canton Woods Senior Center bustles daily with active seniors.
The facility will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year during a weekend of activities slated for June.
Last week, the Baldwinsville Messenger featured an interview with the Canton Woods Senior Center's current director to learn more about the facility. This week's follow-up focuses on the senior center's former director Ardis Egan.
Egan served as the director from 1987 to 2000. Below are her responses:
What do you do at the center now?
"I instruct an exercise class and come over for lunch once a week.
What sort of growth have you seen at the center since you first began?
"When I came, they were in the process of expanding the building from the dining room wall to the end of the building. That was a lot to deal with. The schedule was pretty much in place -- I added some tournaments and Tuesday night suppers."
How do you feel about CWSC?
"When you put 13 years of you life into something, you want to see it flourish. It's an investment -- because you put in all that time, you want to be sure it continues to be successful."
In your opinion, is CWSC successful?
What is your legacy at CWSC?
"The accreditation was probably the hardest thing I worked for. It was a lot of work. The National Council of the Aging put us under a microscope looking at eight different areas like finance and staff programming."
What does accreditation mean for this type of facility?
"It gives the center a little boost in prestige. Practically, you've been thoroughly examined by a national organization -- it helps to secure grants."
Why do you think a senior center is important to the community?