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Encinitas Honoring Citizens for Making a Difference in our Community

The City of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission in partnership with the Encinitas Rotary Club is pleased to announce the award recipient for the 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year Award and Service to Seniors Award.  This awards program is designed to identify and celebrate people who have selflessly contributed to City of Encinitas as a senior citizen role model or as someone who advocates on behalf of senior citizens.  

Senior Citizen of the Year and Service to Seniors is awarded to Sharon Cooper.  Sharon has been hosting a lovely, well-attended dance every Wednesday, year round, for the past nine years, and offers dance lessons that have enriched the lives of senior citizens. The weekly dance and lessons are a wonderful form of exercise while at the same time providing an invaluable social experience. Sharon spends a great deal of time securing delicious food donations, creating playlists, coordinating dance routines, and offering friendship and guidance to those she meets.  In addition to managing the dances, Sharon takes the time to call participants that have not attended in a while to check on them and make sure that all is well.  

She not only gives of her time to senior citizens but also volunteers her time to bettering the lives of children. She volunteers 35 – 40 hours per week serving seniors and children in the Encinitas community. Sharon is a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito Foundation and helps secure scholarships for Encinitas School District children to attend Sylvan Learning Center.  Sharon exemplifies outstanding volunteer efforts and tireless volunteer service to the senior community as well as the children in Encinitas.

Congratulations to our award recipient who displayed dedication, overarching commitment, and demonstrated impact of those served.

Sharon Cooper will be honored at a City Council meeting on May 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm with a personal award, and a perpetual plaque housed at the Encinitas Senior Center.  Additionally, she will be recognized at the Encinitas Rotary Dance on May 22, 2019 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, and invited to participate as a special guest of the Senior Citizen Commission at the Encinitas Holiday Parade on December 7, 2019.

For more information regarding these awards, please contact Christie Goodsell, City of Encinitas Community and Senior Center Manager at 760-943-2251.