New Director of Senior Center Has Lots of Experience Working with Seniors

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The new director of the Watertown Senior Center comes to town with plenty of experience working with seniors in communities around the Boston area. 

Tuesday night, Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced the appointment of Anne-Marie Gagnon as the new Director of Senior Services.

She comes to Watertown after working as the Director of Planning and Community Development for HESCO (Health & Social Services Consortium Inc.) the Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for 12 communities in south Norfolk County, Driscoll said.

Gagnon’s responsibilities included support of AAA programs and services, oversight of sub-grantees that focused on transportation, legal services and evidence-based health programs. She also providing support for community outreach, volunteer recruitment, fund development, wrote grant proposals, maintained the HESCO website, did public relations and worked closely with community partners and the 12 Councils on Aging in the HESCO area, Driscoll said.

Previously, she worked as Healthy Living Program Manager for BayPath Elder Services, where she educated Council on Aging directors in the MetroWest about evidence-based health promotion programs and helped them organize and publicize their programs for seniors.

Gagnon earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a professional certificate in gerontology from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in social work with a community organization focus from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gagnon will begin working in Watertown on Aug. 8.

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