Kelly Attridge honored by GVRPS

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 1:41pm

 Kelly Attridge, Perinton’s 55+ Program Supervisor, was honored with the Young Professional Award last week by the Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society.

“Kelly is well deserving of this award,” said Recreation Director Jeff Nutting. “She has done an incredible job in bringing growth to our 55+ programming. We are thrilled to have her on our team and she should be proud of her accomplishments.”

Kelly started her position in August 2017. The 55+ Program provides activities and seminars for residents at the PCC and plans outings throughout the year. The lounge offers games and puzzles or just a place to socialize. The program also serves hundreds of lunches a week to residents and non-residents.

Throughout 2018, Perinton had 47,886 senior participants check in to fitness classes and is on pace to surpass that number in 2019.

“She is extremely motivated and works hard to expand and diversify the program offerings provided to our patrons,” said Commissioner of Recreation and Parks Jeff Myers. “Despite having so many responsibilities, she is a calm force and makes time for the participants. She is well liked by patrons and staff alike. She is well deserving of this award based on her professional and work experiences.”

The GVRPS Young Professional Award is presented to a current park and recreation professional who exhibits the attributes of an emerging leader, as displayed through their initiative, innovation, and contributions to the park and recreation field.

“I enjoy being creative with program ideas, and then putting them into action,” Kelly said.  “You can have the best recreation program idea ever dreamed of, but if you cannot convince patrons to participate, it does not matter.  I am proud of the monthly newsletter that grabs the attention of our 55+ Community.”

Kelly grew up in Henrietta and now lives in Irondequoit, professing a “love/hate relationship with 590.”

After graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High in Brighton, she went to Le Moyne College in Syracuse for her Bachelor’s in Business Marketing. After a quick career at Paychex, she enrolled at SUNY Brockport, where she received her Master’s in Recreation and Leisure in 2012.

Kelly was surprised when she received the award at GVRPS conference at Seneca Park Zoo.

“Obviously, it is always a little humbling to be recognized by your peers,” she said. “It is a reflection of the hard work (Cook) Preston (Bennett), (Clerk) Maggie (Monsen), and our volunteers do every day to make our 55+ programming run smoothly.”

She also knows working for one of the largest Recreation and Parks programs in Monroe County has its advantages.

“I appreciate the freedom and trust to be creative,” she said. “I thrive in a team orientated work environment.  We have a great team here, on every level.  We are truly blessed that we have this amazing facility.  Without having this space, it would be a challenge to have all of our programs.”

Kelly also knows the future is bright and wants to see her program grow.

“Each month I try to offer programs that encapsulate elements of physical activity, mental stimulation, social experiences, entertainment, camaraderie, learning, and most importantly fun,” she said. “By offering a wide spectrum of choices, this will encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone and eventually lead to a diversified recreation experience.”