The Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday, September 8, 2017.
Approximately 450 Utahns who are deaf or hard of hearing or have ties to the community were at the event celebrating with games, dinner and a special performance.
With the event theme “Blast from the Past,” the community center celebrated its rich history dating back to 1946 when a need for a meeting place was identified for those who are deaf and hard of hearing in Utah.
Early leaders worked to establish a meeting place in the 1960s, including Dr. Robert G. Sanderson who was the first deaf coordinator in Utah. In 1983, the first community center opened in Bountiful, and the current Sanderson Community Center in Taylorsville opened in 1992. Read more about the Sanderson Center history.
Special recognitions were also given to the following people at the celebration:
- Marilyn Call, Director of the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, for her many years of service and is retiring later this year.
- Mitch Jensen, Certification Program Director of the Utah Interpreter Program, for being the longest working employee at the center.
- Valerie Kinney and Jodi Kinner, community members for their dedicated work in compiling Utah Deaf History.
- David Mortensen, an early leader for helping lead efforts to create a community center.
The Sanderson Community Center is part of the Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. For more information on the programs and services at the Sanderson Community Center, visit www.usor.utah.gov/dhh.