NEW BRITAIN - While Tuesdayâ€™s 109th annual meeting of YWCA New Britain recognized many people and acknowledged numerous successes, attendees experienced a bittersweet moment as they said goodbye to the organizationâ€™s previous executive director, Robin Sharp, and welcomed the new leader, Tracey Madden-Hennessey.
Madden-Hennessey has been at YWCA New Britain for 36 years and has a strong connection with the community and demonstrated commitment, said Tracy Nixon-Moore, president of the board of directors.
Sharp was presented a proclamation from Mayor Erin Stewart in recognition of her 15 years with the YWCA. Sharp is no longer a YWCA employee.
â€śRobin, thank you, honestly, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the New Britain community,â€ť Stewart said. â€śWhat youâ€™ve done for the Y and what youâ€™ve done for the greater New Britain community as the executive director is absolutely visible in our city.â€ť
Nixon-Moore served as master of ceremonies for the event at the Back Nine Tavern.
During the meeting, new board members were voted on and volunteers were recognized. Kurtis Denison, chair of the board of trustees, also provided a trustees report.
â€śIt has been another incredible year at YWCA New Britain,â€ť Nixon-Moore said.
Some of the successes shared Tuesday included the 1,272 people who received assistance from the Sexual Assault Crisis Service, the 412 children who participated in the child care program, the 148 middle school students who participated in the STRIVE program and more.
â€śThe STRIVE program for middle school girls gave 148 students - 45 more than in 2017 - a safe and comfortable place to learn and have fun after school,â€ť Nixon-Moore said. â€śThe House of Teens served 88 high school girls - 30 more than in 2017 - giving them the opportunity to attend programming on a college campus, learn job readiness skills, participate in advocacy activities, and much more.â€ť
Volunteer Gina Beecham was recognized by Asia Nhatavong, Deborah Boynton was recognized by Sarah Bernier, Lorena Leon was recognized by Judith Alvarado and Sydni Stafford by Joanna Ruggiero-Rivera.
â€śWe are very appreciative of all of our volunteers and the invaluable work they do for us,â€ť Nixon-Moore said. â€śWe couldnâ€™t accomplish all the things I just shared with you without them.â€ť
To learn more about the New Britain YWCA and its mission, which is to eliminate racism and empower women, visit www.ywcanb.org or call 860-225-4681.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.