The Ernestine (Erni) Garcia NAP Day Scholarship Grant was established in 2020 by the Garcia family. It honors “Erni’s” memory and her outstanding contributions in the field of aging and senior activities. Erni was a NCCAP-Certified Activity Consultant and a Lifetime CAPA member. She passed away in 2017.
Immediately after joining CAPA in the late 70’s, Erni immediately became active in the CAPA State Board (SEB) and was highly respected for her involvement in education, recruitment, fundraising, problem-solving and community relations. She also served as the Membership Chair for many years. Erni was a recipient of CAPA’s most prestigous Our Pack award in 2003.
As a CAPA liaison, Erni served as a member of the advisory board of the Denver Senior Companion Program and as a board member of the Northglenn AARP. She also served as a liaison to the Adams County Aging Network (ACAN).
Erni placed a high value on continuing education in the activities field as a way of serving and improving the quality of life of the seniors that our members serve. In nominating Erni for the Our Pack Award, Marion Smith, one of the original CAPA founders, had this to day about her — “She has a true empathy for the elderly and is extremely dedicated to the improvement of the quality of their lives. Her dedication to our field shows up in her mentoring activities. We have many dedicated activity professionals active in the field today because of her teaching and support.” This scholarship grant is meant to continue Erni’s legacy of supporting continuing education of CAPA members.