By Shaunna Cullen
The 107th Annual Meeting of YWCA New Britain was held in June at the Back Nine Tavern in New Britain. The meeting gathered together staff, volunteers, board members and friends to celebrate YWCA's successes in 2016.
Every year at the Annual Meeting we recognize outstanding volunteers and the invaluable work they do for us. This year awards were presented to Christine Wrobel, Elizabeth Cain, and Ishrat Iqbal from the Family Literacy program, Shannon Guilmette from Sexual Assault Crisis Service, Jacqueline Stites from Dance, and Marvin Bowe and Regen O'Malley from our administrative office.
In addition to the business meeting and volunteer recognition awards, YWCA recognized Heidi Yanavich, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Jason Howey, trustee, for their dedication and service as their board terms ended. We also thanked Laurie Hilton-Dinkins, outgoing president of the Board of Directors, for her commitment and leadership.
Members voted on a slate of new directors at the meeting. We would like to welcome new Board President Tracy Nixon-Moore, and directors Sheila Amaral, Alison Cappuccio, Lynelle Tarca, Shannon Walsh, and Jennifer Yarsawich.
This year's meeting featured a short video about YWCA members who have grit. The inspiration for the video came from Angela Lee Duckworth's Ted Talk on the topic of grit being in indicator of success. Grit is a combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades. Duckworth explains that having grit makes people more successful in life, even more so than their IQ, education, or socioeconomic status.
The members highlighted in the video include a couple who trained for a half marathon with the help of YWCA's gym and trainers, a woman who survived both sexual assault and domestic violence and sought help through our Sexual Assault Crisis Service, an immigrant who is learning English as a second language in our Family Literacy program, and a member of the YWCA's House of Teens who has felt greatly supported by the program. Clips from the video will available to watch soon, so stay tuned!
YWCA New Britain would like to thank the Board of Directors and Trustees for their dedication and leadership, and all of our members, employees, volunteers, donors, and friends who help us remain steadfast in carrying out our important mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. You have helped us have another wonderful and successful year!