Staff, volunteers, board members, and friends gathered virtually at YWCA New Britain’s 110th Annual Meeting to celebrate YWCA’s successes in the past year.
Tracy Nixon-Moore, president of the Board of Directors; Sheila Amaral, Jessica Hernandez, Maria Simao, and Lynelle Tarca, members of the Board of Directors; Kurtis Denison, chair of the Board of Trustees; and Sylvia Lucas, Kathy Riccio, and Suzanne Stafstrom, members of the Board of Trustees, were recognized for their dedication and service as their board terms came to an end.
Prior to the meeting, members voted electronically on a slate of new directors and officers. We extend a warm welcome to Rhona Cohen-O'Brien, Veronica DeLandro, Nara Mijid, and Leah Skinner, the newest members of our Board of Directors, and congratulate Allison Cappuccio, who will succeed Nixon-Moore as board president. We would also like to welcome Maggie Johndrow, Tracy Nixon-Moore, and Lynelle Tarca to the Board of Trustees, and congratulate John Miller who will succeed Kurtis Denison as chair.
This year's meeting highlighted the impact and growth of YWCA programs in 2019, specifically that of our Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS). 765 people received comfort, compassion, and counseling from SACS, whose staff grew by 50% in 2019. Those volunteering with SACS contributed 6,422 hours of their time to help survivors of sexual assault. In addition, SACS expanded partnerships in New Britain’s East End, fostered community connections, and helped weave trauma-informed practices into our wellness and childcare programs.
“The great work that is done by the organization, the staff, and the leadership has been second to none,” reflected Nixon-Moore. “The things that are available to this community because of what YWCA New Britain has been able to do have been pretty remarkable – and done quietly. So I would say it's a real hidden jewel in this community.”
YWCA New Britain would like to thank the Board of Directors and Trustees for their commitment 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 amazing year!
If you missed the virtual meeting, you can view a recording here.