Last week, more than one hundred people joined the YMCA Cape Cod at The Coonamessett in Falmouth to celebrate people, businesses, and agencies that went above and beyond to support the Y’s mission at their 2022 Annual Meeting, held on March 23.
The annual meeting, sponsored by Cape Cod Five, recognized the contributions of local community partners and celebrated the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers that help make the Y a place where everyone can “Be, Belong and Become.”
Community Partner Awards were presented in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to collaborators who complement the Y’s strengths and help to deliver positive impacts across Cape Cod.
The 2022 Youth Development award was presented to Children’s Cove for their work in building a community where children are free of abuse, have a voice that is heard, and can enjoy healthy, safe, and empowered lives.
The 2022 Healthy Living award was presented to Edible Landscapes for making locally grown produce easily accessible to the community and helping more than 800 children enrolled in YMCA programs grow their own healthy produce in the Y’s backyard.
The 2022 Social Responsibility award was presented to Falmouth Human Services for their commitment to stopping the out-migration of young families from the Cape with funding that helps struggling Falmouth families by providing scholarships for early education, out of school time activities and summer day camp experiences. This funding also helps attract teachers and role models during a national teacher shortage.
Volunteer awards were given to individuals who have dedicated their time, treasure, and talent to the YMCA Cape Cod in extraordinary ways throughout the year. Skip McGee, a YMCA Cape Cod volunteer received the Champion of Time award for his service leading the Y’s after-school chess club for children. Elizabeth Clancy-Coleman, a public educator, received the Champion of Talent award for her curation of the Camp Lyndon History Hall, which displayed artifacts from the past 50-plus years of Camp Lyndon. Justin Blair, a board member, received the Champion of Treasure award for his years leading the Y’s annual Golf Tournament and committee.
The Mission Impact Champion award, for outstanding volunteer leadership, was awarded to Tom Pelletier, who volunteers eight hours per week, over 400 hours a year, in his continued service to the Y’s food programs.
The Joanie Sutherland Spirit award, accompanied by a one-month campership, was granted to Camille Tanguay of Harwich for demonstrating the Y’s core character values of caring, honesty respect and responsibility through her participation in Y programs.
Honored for their exemplary service, Y staff members received the following awards: Dr. Kelly Tillman Ed.D, Spirit Award; Andy Fingado, Program Excellence Award; Junior Jones, Outstanding Member Service Award; and SJ McNair, Employee of the Year.
Serving the Cape Cod community by providing programs rooted in the core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, the Y serves 10,000 Cape Cod residents annually, from infants to seniors; no one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay. More information at http://www.ymcacapecod.org