Thank You, Granby!

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I thank the residents of Granby for all of their support during my seven years as the Director of Recreation and Leisure Services for the Town of Granby. I will be leaving my position here at the end of June and I will take with me many wonderful memories of special events such the Flashlight Egg Hunts and Trunk or Treat at SBP and the popular Comedy Nights at the Holcomb Farm North Barn Pavilion.

I have been fortunate to build relationships with many outstanding youth sports coaches and volunteers. While there are too many to individually name, these men and women have put countless hours into making the Granby Rec Dept.’s youth soccer, basketball and other programs such positive experiences for so many young people in town.

I would like to thank former Town Manager William Smith and the Granby Board of Selectmen, especially First Selectman Scott Kuhnly, for giving me the opportunity to serve you and allowing me to “take the ball and run with it” when it came to making improvements to programs and recreation facilities in Granby. I also owe a great debt of gratitude to the members, past and present, of the Granby Parks and Recreation Board. They were extremely helpful in making many of my ideas a reality.

I will very much miss working alongside fellow Town of Granby employees who made me immediately feel welcome when I first came to Granby and who have worked hard to help us bring you the quality programs, exciting events, beautiful parks and top notch facilities that you have come to expect from the Granby Recreation Department.

It is difficult to put into words how appreciative and fortunate I feel to have had the opportunity to work with a very dedicated staff at the Recreation Office. Daphne Shinder, Ida Gilmore, and our Day Camp Director, Sue Olechna, have made coming to work each day a pleasure. I am truly grateful for their efforts, support and friendship. I am confident that they will be great assets to the lucky person who will assume my responsibilities later this summer.

While I am excited to begin a new chapter in my career, I will never forget the smiles, the excitement and fun we have all shared these past seven years. The relationships built with you and your families during my time here will stay with me and I am excited to see what great things your new Director of Recreation and Leisure Services will do for Granby.