“Older adults, like grandparents and elders in my church, played a huge role in my life.” They motivated me, took me under their wings, listened to me and talked to me. I believe elders are foundational to our community; they deserve care, respect and honor.”
Brice Mercer, the new operations manager for the Redmond Senior Center, paused at the question “How do you like working with older adults?” He paused because, four months into his new job, he’s had very little interaction with the community the center serves.
“That’s been disappointing,” he said. “I am very much looking forward to getting to know more people as things begin to open up.”
In the meantime, the recent transplant from the Eugene area is getting to know the staff, board members, and Meals on Wheels volunteers.
Brice comes to the senior center with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion, and its apparent that studying these has given him a deeper perspective about societal roles.
“Older adults, like grandparents and elders in my church, played a huge role in my life,” he said. “They motivated me, took me under their wings, listened to me and talked to me. I believe elders are foundational to our community; they deserve care, respect and honor.”
While living in Eugene, Brice also got involved with an organization called Downtown Languages, which works to increase opportunities for immigrants through language, literacy and other educational programs.
“It got me involved in issues related to equity and access. Those issues also apply to many seniors as well,” he said. “Every day I’m learning more about resources in the region and how to support the senior community. And I love that part of the Redmond Senior Center’s mission is stewardship for the entire community; seniors have so much wisdom and experience to contribute.”
Fun Facts About Brice
- He referred to Diesel, his border collie mix, as Outside Dog for the first year he had him. “It was my expectation that he should be an outside dog. It didn’t work.”
- Brice loves music. He plays several instruments and writes and records cheesy love songs.
- That accent you hear is from Georgia.
- His favorite Central Oregon hike (so far) is Tumalo Mountain.
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