Crosby Commons resident recognized for accomplishment

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Crosby Commons resident Jim Nies, center, poses for an award photo with Crosby staff and his daughter Cynthia Charles (2nd from left). Crosby staff: Executive Director, Lori Pisani (far left); Activities Director, Kelly Coppola (2ndfrom right); and Receptionist, Bonnie Tormay (far right).

Jim Nies, a resident of Crosby Commons, was recently recognized by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) with the Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award.

The award honors distinguished service and accomplishments of senior living residents. Nies, along with twenty residents from other senior living communities across the state, were nominated to receive this award because of his example of aging and his exceptional contributions to the community.

“Jim is really an amazing individual,” shared Lori Pisani, Executive Director of Crosby Commons. “At the age of 96, he still drives, travels, volunteers and remains as active as ever.” Jim is not afraid to try new things and never lets technology intimidate him. He offers his experience as a mechanical engineer to implement new projects within the community and his genuine concern for his fellow residents is evident at all times. “Having Jim as a resident in our community is a pleasure. We are thrilled to be able to honor him in this way,” said Pisani.

The First Annual Resident Accomplishment Awards luncheon was held at Wesley Village on Wednesday, April 27 for all honorees and their guests. Awards were presented by CALA Board Chair, Randy Phillips, with opening remarks made by CALA President, Christopher Carter, and a welcome address offered by Peter Belval, Vice President of Wesley Village Operations. Carlene Rhea, Director of Mission Development for Wesley Village/United Methodist Homes and First Vice President of CALA, extended her thanks to everyone who attended this very special event and best wishes to all the honorees. “CALA is honored and delighted to acknowledge and recognize the inspiring residents who live in our many communities. Each and every one of them is the reason we all come to work each day. They represent an outstanding group of people,” stated Rhea.

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