Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place recently named Laurel Picard-Lenski life enrichment director, a role where she can combine her background in expressive art therapy and caregiving to welcome and coordinate activities for all residents.
“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to be creative in offer meaningful and fun opportunities for our residents in and around the Wingate community,” Picard-Lenski said. “We want to offer a wide variety of opportunities and make Wingate at Melbourne the place to enjoy all that the Berkshires has to offer!”
Picard-Lenski developed a passion for senior care when she moved to Florida in 2006 to help her grandfather after his home was destroyed in a hurricane. She then realized her passion for learning individuals’ life stories and spending time as a caregiver for older adults.
“I think we are given innate talents and mine just so happen to fit perfectly into the role of a recreational therapy,” Picard-Lenski said. “I feel my role lends itself to being a ‘keeper of life’s stories’ — not only do I find the element of learned experience interesting, but I enjoy finding those unexpected connections between people, places and things. There is so much to learn from each individuals’ personal experiences in life.”
Since relocating to Massachusetts, Picard-Lenski has worked in multiple roles in senior living and has more than eight years of experience facilitating activities in senior living communities. She spent five years at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox, Mass. as Activities Assistant, where she contributed to monthly activity calendars and supervised local volunteers. She spent two years as Recreation Director at Kindred Laurel Lake Assisted Living at Lee, Mass., before she most recently spent a year self-employed as a Certified Ageless Grace Educator.
Picard-Lenski brings an extensive educational background in performing arts and art therapy to her role as Life Enrichment Director. After receiving her associate degree in dance from Dean College, Picard-Lenski went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in expressive art therapy from Lesley University. Expressive arts therapy focuses on developing interpersonal skills from both a creative and clinical perspective.