Annual Meeting 2018
|2019 YWCA Board of Directors
The 2018 Annual Meeting was held at the
Waypoint Event Center
in New Bedford on November 29, 2018.
Waypoint staff delivered outstanding service as usual and went above and beyond to make sure guests, YWCA Board
were accommodated in every way possible.
Dr. Susan Sylvia, from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational
High School was elected to serve her first-three year term on the Board.
||Mayor's Youth Council testimonial
Carmen Aguilar, from Bristol Community College, was re-elected to serve a second-three year term on the Board.
Dr. Juli Parker, from UMass Dartmouth was re-elected for a one-year term.
We said goodbye to our departing Board Member, Cyndi Colson,
from Global Learning Charter Public School.
Dr. Juli Parker, President
Melissa Costa, LICSW, Vice-President
Atty. Kristina da Fonseca, Treasurer
Jane Gonsalves, Asst. Treasurer
Tanya Alves, Clerk.
2019 Board of Directors:
Melissa Costa, LICSW, Atty. Kristina da Fonseca,
Julie Duggan,Leanne Fisher-Ross, Kr
isty Francis, Monica Furtado,
Rebecca Laliberte, Lynne Mastera,
Dr. Juli Parker, Julia Santos and
Dr. Susan Sylvia.
YWCA Executive Director, Gail Fortes, and YWCA Board President Dr. Juli Parker, delivered powerful presentations on the YWCA's journey over the past year. Main focus this year was construction of the YWCA addition and the expansion of the Girls Exclusive Program and Youth/Police Dialogue Program.
|Health and Wellness Testimonial
Participants from Girls Exclusive, Mayor's Youth Council, Widowed Persons, Residential Services, Youth/Police Dialogues and Health and Wellness told their stories and the positive impact that the YWCA had on their lives.
A heartfelt testimonial from a breast cancer survivor reminded all of us about why we are dedicated to our Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Widowed Persons Program Director, Linda Rose, told her story about how she entered the program over a decade ago as a grieving widow herself and over time became a volunteer for the program and the current Program Director!
|Girls Exclusive (GE) Staff, GE participant and mom (center)