Farewell but not goodbye!
Normally I find it easy to write my section for CVCOA’s
e-newsletter, but not this time--because this will be my last CVCOA newsletter submission. After almost 31 years at CVCOA, the last 15 as Executive Director, I have submitted my resignation effective Oct 30. I am not yet ready to give up full-time work, so starting November 2, I will be an Outreach Representative for Senator Bernie Sanders. I am very excited for this new opportunity but also quite sad to be leaving CVCOA and my adopted community of Barre. The CVCOA Board of Directors is leading a search for the next leader of CVCOA, and in the meantime, senior management staff Davoren Carr and Jeanne Kern will serve as interim co-executive directors.
It has truly been an honor to work in the field of aging, at Central Vermont Council on Aging, with incredible and talented staff (past and present), and with so many dedicated and committed community, state and federal partners. As someone who is now old enough to be eligible for CVCOA services, I am so grateful that this agency exists. I know where to turn if I have questions and I know that I will receive complete and unbiased information. I know that whoever I talk with will be knowledgeable and more importantly, compassionate. The next leader of CVCOA will be a lucky person indeed.
I hope to stay in touch with many of you in my new role. I wish you happiness, peace, joy and health. -Beth Stern