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Manager Assistant

Advance, NC
October 26, 2018

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Diana Nawurah

**** ****** ****** **

Advance N C 27006


October 2018,

Dear Recruitment Director/HR Manager,

After seeing your advertisement for an open position for an Activity Assistant/Coordinator, I’m submitting this letter to express my interest. My event planning experience should prove to be a great contribution to your company.

Below is a summary of my credentials to give you an idea of the value I can bring to your company. I have:

Senior Recreation Leader/Co-Coordinator of Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts with the City of Winston Salem Recreation & Parks Department-Current since January, 2018.

Filled the position of Community Integration Coordinator for more than 2 years at Service Source Disability Resource Center-a Site for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities – I planned, coordinated, organized community based activities and volunteer opportunities for our participants that targets a variety of skills.

Filled the position of activity coordinator-director for more than 10 years at Brinton Woods Health & Rehab Center at Dupont Circle (formerly, Rock Creek Manor), in which my expertise allowed me to tailor the events to meet the needs of center.

Excellent interpersonal skills that allow me to work as a team member. I also have the ability to think creatively and work efficiently alone.

Experience in determining the best themes for the events along with the ability to cater to any special needs necessary for the center to meet their goals.

The ability to plan and organize events successfully while staying within the allotted budget.

I believe my attention to detail and my flexible nature allows me to stand out in a positive way by ensuring the success of an event. I feel sure that I would make an excellent addition to your company.

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to further discuss my experience with you in person to help determine what contributions I can make to your company. I can be contacted by phone at 703-***-****, or by email at:

I look forward, very much, to hearing from you.


Diana Nawurah


1788 Yadkin Valley Rd Advance N C 27006 703-***-****


Seasoned Activities Manager, Volunteer Supervisor and Community Integration Coordinator with 15+ years of experience, Senior Recreation Leader with the City of Winston Salem Recreation & Parks Department and seeking a position as a valued member of a community whose goal is to improve the quality of life of the elderly and Adults with Disabilities.

My main objective, as an Activities Director/ Volunteer Coordinator/Life Enrichment Coordinator/Community Integration Coordinator/Manager, is to improve the quality of life in the elderly, young adults and adults with disabilities by offering meaningful enrichment activities, integrated community based activities, diverse life skills workshops, enrichment programs, empowering volunteer opportunities that enhances overall emotional, spiritual, mental and physical strength

Vast working experience in long-term healthcare, adults with disabilities day care programs, hospice care and management experience. Profound knowledge of Dementia residents with the ability to speak effectively before groups of customers. Ability to handle multi tasks and to work under pressure.


2010-2011 MEPAP 1 and 2(Activity Director Certification Course)

Certified ADPC

2004-present Communication Studies/Liberal Arts Studies

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

1995 CNA Certification Course, E. Orange, New Jersey


Remarkable experience in a social and recreational program in a long-term health care/adults with disabilities setting.

Profound knowledge of development and execution of programs and activities.

Extensive knowledge of conducting group activities, evaluating resident’s needs, supervising other employees and training volunteers.

Familiarity with accreditation standards and compliance requirements.


Proficient with Microsoft Office, MDS, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships.

Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills.

Possess imagination, creativity, enthusiasm, patience and can work with a variety of people.

Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently.

Ability to relate positively, effectively, and appropriately with residents, participants, adults with intellectual disabilities, families, community members, volunteers and other facility staff.

Possess special interest in, and a positive attitude about, working with adults with intellectual disabilities, long-term care residents and the elderly

Ensure the overall health and safety of persons served.


January 2018-Present:

October 2014-November 2017:

Senior Recreation Leader & Co-Coordinator, Piedmont Plus Senior Games & Silver Arts: City of Winston Salem Recreation & Parks Department


Identify, plan, schedule programming for Senior Centers within the City of Winston Salem Recreation & Senior Centers

Co-Coordinate, plan, organize, and implement the Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts Events.

Solicit sponsors for above games and other events as needed.

Assist with Camp Discovery (An 8 week Summer Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities-Special Pops)

Assist with Spring Special Olympics (Special Pops)

Assist with other Recreation Programs and Events within the City as needed.

Set up, coordinate, and assist with the Community Band on performing days (monthly).

Community Integration Coordinator, Service Source Disability Resource Center, Oakton, Virginia

Coordinate integrated community based activities for the Employment Resource Center’s (ERC)


Identify and schedule meaningful, integrated, community based activities and volunteer opportunities that target a variety of skills.

Coordinate with Staff-Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists, Community Integration Specialists, etc.-to maximize the utilization of resources.

Gather input from persons served to create a monthly schedule (calendar) of events to ensure participant outcomes are met.

Ensure the health and safety of persons served.

Provide support in areas of program design, development and Implementation.

Assure that programs are operated per CARF, Licensure, Medicaid Waiver and other regulatory standards.

Maintain familiarity with behavior management techniques.

Update training of staff as needed.

Ensure that the vocational and non-vocational needs of the individuals served are being met and monitor services being provided by assigned personnel.

Participate in regular meetings with team of rehabilitation personnel.

Coordinate services with internal staff.

Responsible for adherence to safety and fire regulations in assigned work areas.

Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification to include the Heimlich Maneuver.

Participate in all other training required by funding sources and the Corporation, such as: Human Rights training,

Maintain MANDT certification.

Must pass the OID (Orientation to Intellectual Disabilities).

Travel between program locations within Fairfax County and beyond.

Perform other duties as requested by Supervisor.

April 2001 - September 2014

Activity Assistant-Coordinator-Activity Director, Brinton Woods Health & Rehab Center at Dupont Circle (formerly, Rock Creek Manor)

Serve the elderly in creating and instituting fun and healthful activities programs and isolated events for the overall wellbeing of all elderly patients.


Designed a creative and exciting life enrichment programs and activities, appropriate to meet the physical, social, cultural, spiritual, emotional, and recreational needs and interests of each resident/patient.

Provide the opportunity for residents/patients to engage in normal pursuits, as well as promoting a successful and well- balanced leisure lifestyle.

Work with all disciplines to assist the resident/patient in reaching his/her highest level of independence.

Plan and monitor leisure activities for recreation and therapeutic purposes, designed to enhance the quality of life of each resident/patient as well as maintain an open working relationship with the resident/patient’s family or guardian.

Follow all policies and procedures diligently.

Participate in the review of individual residents' service/ care plans.

Monitor life enrichment budget.

Coordinate monthly special events at the residence.

January 1996 – March - 2000

CNA, Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor, Glenn Allen, Virginia

Assisted residents with ADLs’ (Activities of Daily Living)


Assisted residents with bathing, dressing, oral care, grooming, nail care, eating, ambulation within/outside of the facility as needed.

Attended in-services, other responsibilities as needed.

Transported residents to/from Recreation Activities daily.

Documented in the daily attendance/ADL Book.

Attended in-services, other responsibilities as needed.

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