Fresh out of college and full of enthusiasm, Emily Dedmon is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work as our new Director of Fun.
Emily graduated from Texas A&M University in May with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences — a major she chose after just one class.
“I actually went into a RPTS class without knowing anything about it – someone told me I might enjoy it,” Emily said “On the first day the professor said, ‘If you enjoy interacting with people, getting them outside and bettering their quality of life, then this is the major you want to be in.’ I fell in love with the class and that mission.”
As Bryson’s full-time lifestyle director, Emily is in charge of planning and organizing activities, events and clubs for our residents. In doing so, she hopes to build a sense of community while bringing joy to others.
“The Bryson community has a special small-town feel that I am excited to keep at the core of events and activities as the community continues to expand,” she said. “I am excited to meet everyone and work hard to create a friendly and welcoming community culture for residents.”
Despite recent events, Emily has already been meeting residents – albeit at a safe distance – by delivering baskets to seniors and walking around the pavilion. She also was able to meet people at our Pop-Up Splash Event.
“I have been trying to meet people but also stay cautious of social distancing and their safety,” she said. “Everyone has been so welcoming and wonderful.”
The experience has given her a new appreciation for the importance of creating of online events.
“Whether there is bad weather or a national crisis, events or activities through technology allows people to stay busy and active,” she said. “I know the importance of in-person events (that is my passion) but also will try and utilize online events, as well, to reach people that might not want to get out or cannot.”
Some of the upcoming events Emily is looking forward to hosting include the Wild Explorers Club, Backyard Bingo, Wine & Whiskey Wednesday, Dads and Dudes Donut Drive-Thru, Eats on the Streets and Military Connection Day.
She’s also hoping to hold a fishing derby and a rodeo, as well as activating trails as exercise opportunities, offering more social hours and planning pop-up play days.
When she isn’t planning events, Emily enjoys camping, hunting, hiking, playing volleyball, being with friends and family, cooking and baking. She is also looking for opportunities to volunteer in the greater community.