City of North Ridgeville

Message from Director Emily Lockshine

Emily Lockshine
Greetings! I’m excited to have arrived and am looking forward to getting to know all of you. As I write this, we are gearing up for a “soft opening” of the center and hope to be up to full speed very quickly. This time of year is my absolute favorite, it’s the time when kids are heading back to school to start a new year, and in a way, we are also starting new here at the center. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how lucky we are to live in Northeast Ohio during the autumn months, with continued warm temperatures while the fall colors begin to show.

As we work toward re-opening, one of our main priorities is your health and safety. This means we will be taking precautions to protect members and are committed to following all CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines. This may mean that the structure of some activities may look different than before the pandemic. I want to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation while we work through establishing safety measures so everyone is able to have an enjoyable experience and remain healthy.

I know there are some favorite activities people are anxious to have back and there will be some new ones as well. It is my goal to have something for everyone and to create opportunities for all of us to try new things and grow. We are planning a Re-Opening Open House on Tuesday, September 7th from 11 AM-2 PM to celebrate our reopening - please plan to attend! We will have light refreshments, prizes and a walk down memory lane.

A little about myself - I came from Cuyahoga County where I worked in Health & Human Services for the past 15 years, focusing on employment & training, child welfare, home and community-based services, and last but certainly not least, Older Adult Services. I grew up in Lakewood, spent part of my adulthood there and have been a Westlake resident for the last 12 years. I attended Ohio University for undergrad (Go Bobcats!) and earned my masters from Cleveland State (Go Vikings!) I have two children, a son and a daughter, both in college. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back into an environment that focuses on people and programs.

One thing I am most looking forward to….spaghetti dinners are back - in person! Please mark your calendar for September 24th and October 29th. See you all soon!

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