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Crystal Nelson


BRIGHTON — Dave Thomas, Judy Schissler and John Hines were honored with Red Sweater Awards at Eagle View Adult Center’s 18th annual volunteer recognition luncheon on April 25.

Thomas has been involved with the senior center since 2007, when he started taking Santa photos during the holiday dinner. Since then, he’s become involved in the wood carving group, helped get the community gardens going and organized the senior center’s first car show.

He was elected to the Senior Advisory Board in 2011 and has been the treasurer of the board since 2012. Thomas has yet to retire and still owns and operates his real estate appraisal business. 

Schissler is also a member of the Senior Advisory Board, elected to it just last year. She became involved with the senior center in the 1990s by teaching sweatshirt classes but didn’t fill out a volunteer application until 2009. 

She is willing to do a variety of tasks at the senior center and can be found helping in the kitchen and at special events,  making coffee and greeting seniors every Wednesday morning, helping the senior center with its bulk mailings and instructing the senior centers oil painting class. 

When the senior center moved to its new location, Hines used his mechanical abilities and organizational skills to reestablish the lending closet at its the center’s new location. The lending closet was in two locations at the former senior center, but Hines organized it into one location near the front desk.  He also inventoried and engraved labels on the equipment and made sure everything was clean and in working order and continues to ensure the closet is run in an organized fashion.

In addition to his responsibilities with the lending closet, Hines also drives the vans for trips. He is always punctual, takes the time to look things over and serves as a great ambassador for EVAC.