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Cville Parks & Rec Employee Honored After 3 Decades of Work

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About 100 people gathered Tuesday afternoon at Carver Recreation Center to honor a special Charlottesville employee preparing for the next step in her life - retirement. Mildred Spicer retired after three decades of work for Charlottesville's Department of Parks and Recreation.   

She was at the forefront of creating programs that included individuals with disabilities. Spicer served for 33 years as the therapeutic recreation supervisor. She helped start programs like wheelchair basketball and activities for adult day care attendees.   

One speaker said he didn't know what Spicer's title meant when she began working, but it turned out to be a wonderful gift for Charlottesville.

"Today is a wonderful celebration of Mildred Spicer and it is also a celebration of all she's done in the community . . . She's made us better citizens by presenting all of these programs that include everyone in the community to be able to have basketball, baseball, the arts, has encouraged people to find their voice through song, dance, music," said Mary Miller, VSA - International Organization of Arts and Disability - committee member. 

Spicer was one of the founders of VSA of Charlottesville/Albemarle promoting the creative power in people with disabilities.

Spicer was given a quilt in appreciation of her work along with photos, pictures and drawings as part of a guest book.     

Supporters are encouraged to make a donation to the Mildred W. Spicer Arts Foundation. It was established to continue Spicer's dream for arts, music, poetry and dance as well as promote the creative power for people with disabilities.

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