NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Amber Smith, New Hanover County Senior Resource Center (SRC) director, was recently recognized by the Cape Fear Council of Governments with the 2016 Area Agency on Aging Professional Excellence Award. This award is presented annually to an individual in the Cape Fear region for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions.
“Amber has a passion for helping senior adults,” said Deputy County Manager Avril Pinder. “She cares deeply that the Senior Resource Center provides quality services that enrich the lives of our seniors and she is a strong advocate on their behalf. New Hanover County is lucky to have Amber serving each and every day to keep our seniors safe, healthy, and secure.”
In 2001, Smith began her career in public service with the county’s SRC. Over the years, she has coordinated the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), developed and implemented the special-needs registry for New Hanover County, helped educate citizens on disaster preparedness, and served as a social worker for the SRC Life Enrichment Program and DSS Adult Protective Services.
Smith became the SRC director in 2015 and has implemented strategic programs that have helped better the lives of thousands of older adults and caregivers in the county. Among her initiatives as director are the Geri-Fit program, which helps improve the balance and fitness of local seniors, and a new diabetes support group that provides free, life-saving information to help prevent complications from the disease.
With Smith’s leadership, the SRC promotes wellness, independence, and enhances quality of life services for older adults in New Hanover County. Learn more about the SRC here.
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