Suzy Wood, center, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Bonnie Montgomery, commissioner for the Roswell Commission on Aging, and a proclamation from Mayor Del Jurney declaring June 19th as Suzy Wood Day, showing appreciation for Suzy’s volunteerism and its positive impact on the community Wednesday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
During its monthly meeting Wednesday at Emeritus at Roswell, also known as Villa Del Ray, the city’s Commission on Aging honored Suzy Wood with a certificate of thanks “for her compassionate care and friendship to Roswell area seniors.”
“Suzy generously gives her time to read to residents of retirement centers,” the certificate said. “Her presence is the highlight of their days and weeks … her dedication and devotion to others sets a fine example.”
Commissioner Bonnie Montgomery said though Wood is petite and small in size, “in terms of humanitarianism, she is a giant.”
Wood, who works as an administrative assistant for International Law Enforcement Academy –Roswell, began reading to residents of Emeritus at La Villa in March.
“It’s very stimulating for them mentally,” she said. “It’s a way for them to spend a positive, constructive and social evening.”
In addition to reading, Wood said she also watches episodes of The Lawrence Welk Show with residents. Reading and watching the show trigger memories in residents, she said, and she encourages them to share their experiences with each other and expand their verbal skills.
“It’s a cool thing to see,” she said.
Mayor Del Jurney also read and presented Wood with a city proclamation, declaring a day in her honor.
“This is such an unexpected and humbling honor,” Wood said. “To be honored with something like this is beyond my belief. … This means more to me than I could ever say.”