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New senior activities coordinator on board in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 3, 2020

 Kyle Middleton is the new senior activities coordinator for the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center.

Kyle Middleton is the new senior activities coordinator for the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A few months after the departure of the coordinator of the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, a new leader is in place.

Kyle Middleton, of Grosse Pointe, is the new senior activities coordinator. She started at the center Dec. 23.

“Kyle brings 30 years of recreation experience, working with everything from seniors, to (people with) special needs, to camping programs, to everything you can think of,” said Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman. “(She is) somebody who’s going to be very hands-on in the department, who’s going to work hard to build relationships with everyone.”

Former Senior Activities Coordinator Carly Podzikowski left the center in October, he said.

Middleton, a graduate of Central Michigan University and a recreational therapist by trade, said that she’s excited to be back closer to family. She worked for the past 11 years as the executive director for the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning in Mayville.

“When you run a camp, you live on-site year-round, so I wanted to get back to my family,” she said. “My grandkids and kids live, literally, the next street over.”

Middleton said she has worked and volunteered with the senior population throughout her career. Her mother was the senior coordinator for Waterford Parks and Recreation for 25 years and was one of three founders of the Michigan Senior Olympics.

“I did a lot of volunteering with the Senior Olympics — travel programs, special events, those type of things,” she said.

Bowman said he’s excited for what Middleton will bring to the center.

“We hope to provide some new programs that everyone will love,” he said.

Middleton described herself as a “people person” and said she is excited to meet all the members of the center.

“I just want to make sure that I’m listening to what the needs are of the community, growing the program, building relationships with the community,” she said. “I’ve had the opportunity to ask questions, (and) I’m getting a lot of positive feedback about the resources that are available to the senior population here.”

Senior Activity Center volunteer Betty Bladdick said that, although center employees did a good job in the absence of a director, it is nice to have Middleton on board. She said she’s already learned that Middleton is very open to accepting suggestions.

Middleton said she’s appreciated the warm welcome.

“I’ve just met extremely nice people, all offering to bend over backwards to help me,” she said.

Call Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske at (586) 498-1041.