On both a personal and professional level, the past 8 plus years with the Arc of Greater Plymouth have been the most rewarding of my life.
It has been such an honor and a privilege to work with and get to know you and your family members, to watch your kids grow into amazing teens and adults and to experience together the wonderful changes at the Arc and the Family Support Center. When I started in October, 2007 Family Support was very small and there were no giving programs and few social recreation options. Thanks to the combined efforts of a great staff, your input and shared vision, and hard work, in the time since we have weathered state cuts, created innovative programs and community outreach partnerships and most importantly developed the mission and philosophy that we know today. Furthermore many of your sons and daughters have become a recognized force both with local politicians and at the State House. I could not be more proud of everyone and what we have collectively accomplished.
It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know and work with a staff of incredibly dedicated, talented and giving people. I will forever appreciate all the hard work, insight and experiences they have shared with me and those we serve. It has been a pleasure to share our common mission, brainstorm and try to make each day better than the one before.
With all that said it was with very mixed emotions that I submitted my resignation to Roger on February 4th and my last scheduled day is March 4th.
As gratifying as it has been to be part of the Arc family, the time has come to move out of my comfort zone and pursue new challenges. One of those challenges if BU, Harvard or Wheelock will have me is the pursuit of a Master's degree in Social Enterprise and Non Profit Business Management. Going back to college at 53 may take some concentration and I am sure will be quite a different experience from my undergrad days 30 years ago!
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all that you do and for all that you have brought to my life. What I have learned in this profession has come not from textbooks but from observing and speaking with parents and caregivers and from the wonderful individuals themselves. The absolute best part of my job has been the time spent with families and your loved ones...you all have inspired me every day. I will take away with me years of joyful memories and believe that I am the most fortunate person for my experiences with the Arc.
I wish each of you only the best in your future pursuits and hope that our paths will cross in the future...Plymouth is not that big after all!
Thank you so much for sharing your lives with me.