Megan Wood

We are proud to announce our Heart and Soul Award Winner for December 2011, Megan Wood of San Clemente.

A blackjack tournament is scheduled for Sunday and yoga practice begins Tuesday morning prior to a scenic trip to the beach. While this sounds like the event calendar for a five-star resort, these are just a few of the activities San Clemente’s Megan Wood is planning for a thriving community of active senior citizens.

Megan is the activities director for The Regency, a Laguna Woods-based senior living community offering both independent and assisted living options to a diverse community of residents. Her creative and enthusiastic approach to event planning has earned her the December 2011 O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award.

“Megan coordinates events for the seniors at The Regency, but she does so much more than that. She is a friend and confidant, ensuring residents enjoy every moment and lead thriving lives regardless of their age and varying degrees of independence,” said Neil O’Connor, president and CEO of O’Connor Mortuary. “Her ability and complete dedication to providing seniors with vibrant, fulfilling lives is what sets her apart and makes her a deserving recipient of the Heart & Soul Award.”

The extensive schedule of activities Wood creates and oversees includes everything from birthday parties and card games to Tai Chi, art classes and dances. Wood also takes individual requests into consideration and aims to offer something each day that piques the interest of each resident.

“Megan is the hardest working, most self-sacrificing person I have ever met,” says The Regency’s marketing director, Dee Vallendorff. “She plans, coordinates and executes a very impressive schedule of events for our residents, and after working side-by-side with her for more than two years, I’ve honestly never been more impressed with anyone.”

As a winner of the Heart & Soul Award, O’Connor Mortuary will present Wood with an official plaque, and a donation will be made in her name to a charity of her choice.

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