By Terry Wick
Mary Ann Kinser and Laura Simpson started working on Celebration Lifelong over seven-and-a-half years ago. Both were original Celebration residents. Both had been teachers at one time, and both had a Disney connection – Laura for 20+ years and Mary Ann as a judge for Disney Teacher Awards.
Lifelong became their new “job” after retiring. It was pretty much full-time work with no pay. Two community members created the vision of lifelong learning for adult residents of Celebration and the surrounding areas.
Lifelong officially launched in Fall of 2012 with a handful of people at the Celebration Stetson campus facility. There were 26 courses and 3 lectures. Today we offer about 50 courses and 13 lectures.
They were instrumental in growing the program, establishing a Steering Committee and moving the program under the Celebration Foundation with Town Hall serving as the Lifelong venue. The Celebration community and Lifelong Members thank both for the lasting contribution they have made to enriching the lives of so many people.