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Volunteers made National Family Caregivers Month great


The Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center within Southeast Senior Services would like to thank the following individuals for their excellent recent presentations: Karen Godnick of Alaska Legal Services Corporation on “Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney,” Nancy Davis with Hospice and Home Care of Juneau on “Tips on Providing Excellent Personal Care,” Julie DeLong of Wildflower Court and Lauren Champagne from Juneau Pioneer Home, “Long Term Care Options,” Doug Bridges of Southeast Senior Services “Lifting and Transferring Safely for Both of You,” and Bev Ingram of Rainforest Yoga and Mary Szczepanski, Healing Touch instructor, for “Caring for the Caregiver.”

These free presentations, part of our annual training series celebrating National Family Caregivers Month, were offered at noon every Tuesday in November. Each presentation was informative, interesting, and uniquely tailored to the needs of the caregivers who were present. The SICRC also thanks the residents of Mountain View Apartments who reserved the community room for this public event so they could participate in the training, too. Staff in the SICRC are always happy to receive suggestions for training topics and new ways we can support family caregivers on their caregiving journeys. If you would like more information on how we can help family caregivers, please call our Family Caregiver Specialist Valerie Houston at 463-6177.

Jetta Whittaker

Southeast Senior Services

Salmon education made a splash in the community thanks to volunteers

DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make our annual fall salmon education program a great success. A new attendance record was set with almost 2,050 students and adults, representing 72 classes, visiting the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center from Sept. 9 through Nov. 4.

We sincerely thank the following people for helping make our program so successful. Central to its success were our outstanding community volunteers who served as teaching aides: George Bonnett, Don Greenberg, Janet Henderson, Mark and Betty Johnson, Dan Michrowski, Julie Nielsen, Lorelei Smith, and Marsha Squires. Thunder Mountain High School students Audra Evans, Katie King, Italia Perez, Rick Pruitt, Christine Quick, and Amanda Savikko also assisted with our classes as did Thomas Tupper from Juneau Douglas High School. TMHS staff members Cathie Koss, Megan Ahleman, and Scott Fiscus provided special assistance during the program. Special thanks also goes to Trish Dearing from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game education section for lending us their great kids’ salmon costume as well as assisting as a teaching volunteer. Patty Newman of the Juneau School District made it possible to spread the word to interested teachers. All the teachers, parents and other adult volunteers were much appreciated for their help guiding students in the activities and providing transportation. Bus transportation was also provided by First Student and Holland America-Princess Tours for various classes.

Additional community volunteers greatly aided our community outreach for the Juneau Economic Development Council’s family science night event Aug. 3; these were: Emma Deats, Sierra Gedare, Emily Lloyd, and Susan Tomlinson.

Equally appreciated are our student and community volunteers who helped maintain the aquariums and collect specimens for our aquariums and touch tanks this summer and fall: George Bonnett, Mike Duby Jr., Mike Duby Sr., Larry Edfelt, Taylar Edwards, Sierra Gedare, Mark Johnson, Cathy Mattson, Deray Sexton, Marsha and Owen Squires and Thomas Tupper. Opportunities for service for several of these volunteers were provided through cooperative partnerships with the JDHS Project Choice program and REACH, for which we are most appreciative.

We welcome volunteers who would like to assist with our ongoing education and community outreach programs and aquarium collection and maintenance activities. For further information, contact Rich Mattson at 463-1630 or email at

Rich Mattson, Aquarium Manager/Education Coordinator

Sarah Lowell, Tourism Manager


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