Shenese Wilson: Sweet Sergeant Sweat


Shenese Wilson makes getting and staying in shape a fun, happy, event.


At the Collinwood Rec Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday come and experience one reason our Rec Center is full of people exerting themselves, smiling and occasionally whooping or laughing out loud. 

Shenese Wilson is perfect for us. Her extensive experience with health and wellness programs in the military gives us confidence that the hydration and diet advice she offers is the latest information. We are a large, diverse community of people with goals and aspirations to improve our health. She comes early for her 7:30 fitness for seniors class. She stays late after her step aerobics class, discussing personal progress toward a goal, setbacks and solutions, and of course celebrating every incremental step achieved toward a major goal. Shenese is interested and involved with her class participants. She remembers names and greets us individually. 

She is one of the dedicated crew of volunteers at the Rec Center. We are so grateful to receive the benefit of these “hearts of hospitality.”  They make getting and staying in shape a fun, free, happy, event. 

Shenese’s senior fitness class at 7:30 am has lots of room. The routine is extensive, performed seated on chairs, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. It gets your circulation going!

Shenese’s 10:00 am step aerobics class is often filled to its capacity of 40. Get there early! She takes us through a series of step routines that she makes look easy. For the fumble-footed, she notices and praises those who keep moving even without achieving the “new” or “complicated” step. The goal is a cardiovascular work out. We stretch and bend in ways that can cause unused muscles to make their presence known. 

Shenese serves us just because she can. The participants and staff thank Shenese from the bottom of our hearts for giving so freely of herself. 

Deborah Howitt has lived in Collinwood for 20 years - with 7 years out as an international science teacher. She is happy to be back here and looking for a way to make a difference in the quality of life here.  

Deborah Howitt

Have lived in Collinwood for 20 years - with 7 years out as an international science teacher. Happy to be back here and looking for a way to make a difference in the quality of life here.

This volunteer profile has been vetted by Shenese, Jen the manager of the rec center and Jen's boss, deputy of sonething or other.  Please feel free to shorten this or edit it in any way.  My goal in writing these volunteer profiles is to give recognition to those already volunteering and to encourage others to give of themselves. 

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