Allow me the pleasure of introducing myself!
My name is Martin Turner and I it pleases me to be the new Colorado
representative for National Grandparents Day. Most of my career
has been in service to the elderly and poor and I recently have
taken on the challenging, yet fulfilling role of Social Service
Director at Aspen Siesta Nursing Care Center; I have a deep
love of making an immediate, positive impact upon people.
I have worked in long-term care now for almost a decade in various
roles, and previously was the Social Service Director at Cambridge
Care Center in Lakewood. I am a Denver native, and spent my
childhood years in Lakewood.
I attended the University Of Northern Colorado and have a BA
in Social Sciences, and a double minor in Sociology and Africana
Studies. My future goal is to become a Licensed Professional
Counselor and presently I am taking graduate courses at Regis
I tend to view the world from the relational-cultural theory
which espouses that we all exist in connection with others in
some form and degree of intimacy. These relationships that we
form with others help us to define who we are and how we flourish
as self-actualized individuals; we are all connected in some
way. It is in disconnection that we become isolated and experience
fear, pain, shame, sadness, etc. Disconnection creates isolation,
which is the opposite of being in some form of relation. It
is imperative for our mental well-being to be connected to those
around us-friends, family, co-workers, etc…
I hope to work closely with the local community of Denver and
Colorado in making National Grandparents Day visible and always
a celebration to look forward to! Our elders give us our identity
and have paved the way for us; we owe them so much!