Sometimes chance meetings can lead to the most glorious things. In the case of Leisé Tacang, it was a class on Dementia Care at Portland Community College where she happened to meet Nancy Heckler. As Director of Adult Day Services (ADS) at Cedar Sinai Park (CSP), Nancy was intrigued to talk with Leisé about her interest in working with older adults and also about her master gardener status.
Soon after they met, Nancy hired Leisé to do on-call work in ADS and in no time, she was brought on as a part-time staff member. Before coming to CSP, Leisé had worked doing the books for her family’s wine business. While she enjoyed the work, she wanted something more engaging – and she found it with the clients who participate in Adult Day Services.
During her short time here, Leisé has brought both her love of older adults and her love and expertise at gardening to bear on the program. She jumped right in to create a beautiful and accessible garden that the attendees can help with and enjoy the fruits (no pun intended) of their labor.
Leisé stresses that long-time volunteer Alan Rosenfeld, was kind enough to bring in and plant the tomatoes now growing in the Adult Day Services courtyard at CSP.