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The new sheriff in town

Beauchemin starts tenure as COA director

New Sturbridge Council on Aging Director Melissa Beauchemin discusses programs and activities with Jackie Roe, of Holland. Beauchemin began her new role on Sept. 19. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
September 20, 2011
STURBRIDGE — It was a busy and informative first day on the job for new Council on Aging Director Melissa Beauchemin Monday, Sept. 19, as she had many new people to meet and a lot of policies and schedules to familiarize herself with.

Beauchemin, who previously worked at an adult day center in Webster for three years and a retirement community in Fairfax, Va., for nine years, is excited about her new role in Sturbridge. She has lived in town for seven years, following a brief stay in Southbridge.

"I love spending time with seniors and scheduling programs for them to enjoy," Beauchemin said. "Working with seniors has always been a passion for me, and I'm really looking forward to my position here in Sturbridge."

Beauchemin was grateful to former Council on Aging Director Barbara Search for introducing her to the seniors and programs on her first day. Search retired back in mid-July after spending nearly 13 years directing the Council on Aging, but she offered her time to help Beauchemin become comfortable at the senior center.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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