After 12 1/2 years of serving as the Executive Director for the Capital Area Center for Independent Living, Ellen Weaver will officially retire from her position on April 4. Weaver has spent the past 34 years working for the organization, which serves as an advocate for people with disabilities. The Lansing location is one of more than 400 centers for independent living across the country. “We were founded by people with disabilities, we are run by people with disabilities and we work with all kinds of people with disabilities,” said Weaver. Throughout her career, she has always taken pride in creating a warm and non-judging environment for everyone who walks into her door. Over the years, Weaver has enjoyed the variety of people and organizations that her position has allowed her to work with. Weaver said, “Every time I walk in the door my plan changes for the day, I never know what I’ll encounter when the phone rings.” When asked about the first thing that she planned on doing following retirement, Weaver said, “Well, first I’m going to rest!” The thing that she will miss most about her job is, “The people I work with and the people we serve.”
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