Llewellyn leaving WSYD to lead Surry Senior Center

Tom Joyce Staff Reporter

October 4, 2013

Many area residents know Brack Llewellyn due to his work as a Mount Airy radio personality, but he will now be addressing a different “audience.”

Llewellyn has been named director of the Surry County Senior Centers, which he said Thursday mirrors a longtime interest.

“It combines a couple of my favorite things, one of which is working with the senior population,” said Llewellyn, who is on his second go-round in that respect.

“I was at RidgeCrest for 10 years,” he said of the retirement community in Mount Airy, “and this is sort of the same work I’m doing here.”

Llewellyn considers his tenure at RidgeCrest as a time when he grew the most, both professionally and personally.

He has worked for about the past three years at radio station WSYD, where he also had been employed during the 1980s.

Llewellyn began his senior center job this week on a part-time basis to become acclimated to his new role while also working out a notice at WSYD, which he is leaving with some regret.

“I’ll miss talking to the listeners and hearing from them as well,” said Llewellyn, who is hoping to remain on the air on a limited basis in the coming months working with special events.

The broadcasting field requires one to live in the moment, he said. “It can be taxing, but it can also be fun — I’ll kind of miss the immediacy of that, but it was time to move on to something new.”

The Surry County Senior Center, based at L.H. Jones Family Resource Center on Jones School Road, was established in 1995 for senior adults (ages 50 and better) to have a place to go for self-enrichment, education and health and wellness activities. Included are health screenings, exercise, socialization, recreation, volunteerism and information and referral services.

In addition to the site in Mount Airy, a satellite senior center is housed at Armfield Civic and Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain. Each location serves as a hub for numerous programs, services and social events geared toward the older population.

While Llewellyn enjoys dealing with the senior group, he also is excited about being part of the staff at L.H. Jones Family Resource Center, which houses a number of agencies.

“This is just a great working atmosphere,” he said. “Every agency here, we all kind of work together. It’s a place I kind of always wanted to be.”

Llewellyn is replacing Sheryl Gilliam as senior center director, who left about a month ago to take a position elsewhere. After an application and interview process,” I was officially notified a couple of weeks ago” about his selection for the position.

“This job is a really good fit for where I am in my life, too,” said Llewellyn, who will turn 60 next month. “I’ll be busy, but I’ll have more time to spend at home.”

He is enthused about the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for the county’s older residents who make up a large segment of its population, through social, educational and other activities.

It is a fact of life that a person’s body becomes old and he or she is less able to some of the things that were easy in the past, Llewellyn acknowledged.

“You can mitigate that, but you can’t control it — what you can control is your attitude,” he said. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working with seniors, it’s that age is a state of mind.”

Llewellyn hopes to help older local residents enjoy years that are truly golden.

“I’m happy to be here and I look forward to working with the seniors in this area.”

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