In her new administrative position, she is responsible for supervising, operating and evaluating different programs as well as planning and initiating new programs. She will serve as a liaison between participants, volunteers and the advisory council. She will also develop new recreation for senior citizens and gather information that is relative to the ages of the seniors who go to the center.
Morris said she’s overwhelmed and honored at the same time, and she’s looking forward to the new job and the challenges it will bring.
“I’ve always loved working with the seniors it to the fullest,” said. “To me, seniors are full of wisdom, and I enjoy doing things that will enhance and change their lives. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”
Morris will supervise four employees, including an assistant.
Parks and recreation director Janis Burns said that Morris is an asset to the city.
“She has worked with the senior adults for several years,” said Burns. “She first began as just a ‘helper’ for the program. She then was promoted to the senior assistant position. I was very pleased to see her name come from the civil service office as one of the top five candidates. I believe that she will do an outstanding job.”
One of the seniors who goes to the center, Florence McDonald, said she and other seniors were elated, shed tears and clapped when they learned that Morris has been named to head the program.
“She’s such a sweet, caring person who can show people love and make them feel like they’re special,” said McDonald. “We feel like they made the best choice for us. It takes a special person to go in and work with seniors every day and try to make them happy and comfortable. Not everyone can do that.”
Morris is the daughter of Travis and Freida Morris. She has a brother, Travis Morris Jr.