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Youth and Family Advisory Council Meets

by Yvette Cain
June 13, 2019

Members of the Youth and Family Advisory Council met Monday evening to review the Director’s report and welcome potential members.

Chair Darlene Vittori-Marsell (far right) opens Monday night's meeting.

Deb Coppins, 2nd from left, is welcomed to the Youth and Family Advisory Council by members.

Chair Darlene Vittori-Marsell opened the meeting shortly after 7 PM, and welcomed Deb Coppins.  Alison Quinan, not present this evening, and Coppins are interested in being appointed to the council. 

Jaclyn Winer, Director, spoke to the success of the recent Holliston Community Action Fund’s open house, held on May 30, at Anthony’s on the Green at Pinecrest Golf Course.  Winer reported, “A member of [State Senator] Karen Spilka’s office attended, and the community responded well.” Additionally, Winer addressed the crowd that evening and John Drohan, the HCAF President.

Winer recognized RAMS ReAct Players who gave their annual benefit concert on Friday, May 31, with donations going to the Youth and Family Services.

On June 11, the Holliston Drug and Alcohol Awareness Coalition will hold its meeting at the Holliston Fire Department. Winer mentioned that members would work on recruitment this summer as well as reevaluate the Coalition.  One new member will take over the social media site.  The Coalition did not receive a grant for which they had applied.

Kirsten Rancourt has accepted the position of Community Therapist and Court Diversion Coordinator, and will assume her new role on July 1.  Winer said, “She is clinically savvy, experienced, and has a warm personality…She oversaw the Spectrum Program for 10 years for incarcerated women.  She relates to all people.” 

Two college interns join YFS for the summer.  One program they will support is the Rockin’ Soccer Summer program that teaches youth aged 7-11 social skills.  The Advisory Council set a fee of $10. for the program, with scholarships available. 

Winer concluded her update with a thank you to each member of the Council for her time and effort.  “I couldn’t do what I do without you,” Winer said.

The next meeting of the council is on Monday, September 9.

 

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