– Nicole Howell
I have been with Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc. for nearly 5 years. 4 years and nine months to be exact. During that time I have written dozens of pieces for the newsletter, brochures, emails, blogs and social media. If you can name it, I have written it. Through these materials I have learned, and formed opinions about aging, dementia, families, long-term care and a host of other issues. Each time I sat down to create a piece of marketing material I became further convinced of the importance of bringing aging to the forefront of our daily lives. However, this post is different. This post isn’t about publicizing our work or spreading a message about long-term care. This post is about saying goodbye.
Beginning Monday, April 13th I will join the Contra Costa Ombudsman program as the new Executive Director which means I have to say goodbye to OSSMC. I have to let go of the people and places who have come to mean so much to me over these last five years. That part is hard. However, like all things in life sad things are often followed by regrowth and opportunity. In my new role I am joining a tremendous team committed to fiercely protecting the rights of residents who live in long term care and bringing visibility to the aging community in the East Bay. Together, with my team, we will be setting new standards for resident centered care and partnering with facilities to ensure that all residents have rich and engaging experiences at all stages of life .
I want to take a moment to thank the staff, volunteers, board of directors and community stakeholders who have made my time here at OSSMC so meaningful. In particular, I would like to thank our Executive Director, Tippy Irwin for acting as my mentor and friend during these last several years constantly challenging me to reach new heights personally and professionally.
So, before I go I have a little favor to ask. Head on over to the Contra Costa Ombudsman Facebook page and “like” it to stay updated on the latest in aging and LTC.