12/18/11 — Peggy Seegars honord by Eastern Council of Governments

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Peggy Seegars honord by Eastern Council of Governments

By Staff Reports
Published in News on December 18, 2011 1:50 AM

Peggy Seegars of Goldsboro was among those honored by the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments at its annual Leadership Awards Banquet Dec. in New Bern

Ms. Seegars has served as a Senior Tar Heel Legislator since the inception of the group in 1994. The purpose of the Senior Tar Heel Legislators is to provide information and education to senior adults on the legislative process and matters being considered by the N.C. General Assembly.

The group also assesses the legislative needs of older adults by convening a forum modeled after General Assembly. The Senior Tar Heel Legislators advise lawmakers on priorities for older adults and helps them better serve the needs of the state's seniors.

Ms. Seegars visits local nursing homes weekly and advocates for residents' needs. She has been the driving force for a new bill introduced into the General Assembly to mandate drug testing for nursing home staff.

Ms. Seegars is a member of the Commissioner's Council for Older Adults and helps with allocation decisions for the Home and Community Care Block Grant funding to insure the best use of funds for senior citizens in Wayne County. She also is a volunteer for the North Carolina Senior Health Insurance Information Program.