Community Buzz: P2P names directors emeriti, New EMS leadership...
Seven community members have been named directors emeriti by the Person-to-Person Board: Darien residents Wilder Gleason, Judy Kilmartin and Jan Smith; Stamford residents Patricia Phillips and Rebecca Wilson; Greenwich’s Judy Nemec; and New Canaan’s William Taggart.
P2P was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
Taggart is a former P2P Board member who served on the financial committees. As the Endowment Committee chair in 2008, Taggart was a calm voice of reason and held the committee steady when the endowment fund plummeted during the recession. He did not “immortalize the losses,” instead directing that P2P hold the portfolio steady, a move that allowed the portfolio to rebound over time to its current position.
Taggart remains active on the Finance, Development and Endowment committees.
New Canaan’s Charles Freyre received a Bachelor of Arts-Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters and Science during spring commencement ceremonies, May 11-12.
David Lovas, of New Canaan, graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. in May, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance.
New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NCVAC) elected new leadership, as well as a new Board of Governors at their annual meeting last month.
The volunteer members of NCVAC not only staff the EMS services for New Canaan, responding to almost 2,000 ambulance calls per year, they also run the organization, purchase medical supplies, maintain the equipment and ensure licensing, training and accreditation.
This year’s new leadership team includes President Alison Bedula, Capt. Wendy Fogg, Vice President Robin Gestal, Troy Haynie, Treasurer Kate Nailor, Phil Sheibley, Amy Kennedy, and Board of Governors Kelly Daniel, Charlie Kelly, Tom Tesluk and Judy Hopkins.
NCVAC currently has over 40 active EMT members providing emergency medical services to New Canaan. NCVAC members work closely with New Canaan’s fire department and police force.
Peter Richardson, of New Canaan, was named to the dean’s list at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Richardson is a member of the class of 2017, majoring in economics and classics.
To be named to the dean’s list, Union students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 for the entire academic year and meet certain other requirements.
In late May, at an awards ceremony at the Norwalk Community College PepsiCo Theater, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education received a $5,000 grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation.
Recognizing that sexual violence is a problem in every community, the grant will fund The Center’s prevention education programming.
An ongoing goal of the education department is to reach different audiences in the community to raise awareness of the problem as well as the resources available to those affected by sexual violence. Part of that initiative includes instructing police officers, social workers, health teachers and parents, in addition to in-school programs.
The New Canaan Community Foundation makes targeted, high-impact grants to local nonprofits working to address the needs of our community, awarding approximately $1,000,000 in grants annually to nearly 100 nonprofits providing a wide range of services to the elderly, youth, those in need, the arts, and the environment.
Starting July 24, JoyRide Cycling + Fitness Studio is offering its signature high-end indoor cycling classes at Oxygen Fitness, a luxury boutique fitness facility in downtown New Canaan.
With five studios in Fairfield County, JoyRides are set to motivating music and incorporate resistance and speed training. Riders will be able to buy single passes or multiple class packages and book rides at joyridestudio.com and do not have to be members of Oxygen.
The summer pop-up studio schedule launched July 24 with two weeks of free classes. The full JoyRide cycling schedule at Oxygen will start in the fall. Riders can book their bikes for the week ahead on JoyRide’s website, starting Sundays at 8 a.m.
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC), which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support (YES) Mentoring Program.
The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.
Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.
Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.
To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-517-3346.