Shelton resident named to AARP’s state board

Byron Peterson of Shelton has been named to the executive council at AARP Connecticut.

“As a volunteer with AARP, I’ve been able to use my knowledge and experience gained over a lifetime to help improve the lives of older residents and make a difference in our communities,” Peterson said. “I look forward to being even more involved in the work of the organization as a member of the executive council.”

Nora Duncan, AARP state director, praised Peterson for his involvement with the organization.

“[Peterson] offers an important perspective to the executive council, as well as a deep commitment to helping others and a willingness to give back to his community,” Duncan said. “We are grateful that he has volunteered to share his time and talent to help support the work of AARP in Connecticut.”

Previously known as the American Association of Retired Persons, the AARP is a nationwide, nonprofit group that advocates for the interests of people age 50 and older. It has about 38 million members.

Served on city Board of Ethics, involved in church

Peterson recently served on the board of directors of the Danbury School and Business Collaborative. In the past, he served on the Shelton Board of Ethics and as chairman of the Allocations Committee at United Way of Connecticut. He is active at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

What the AARP executive council does

Executive council members serve as strategists for AARP’s efforts and direction in the state of Connecticut. The members of the council assist in establishing AARP’s priorities, managing its resources, and making decisions on the state plan.

The council also is a liaison to AARP’s volunteer base, communicating national and state policy updates and motivating other volunteers through their leadership.

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