Dear friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. 2022 has been quite a year on many fronts:

Together we said thank you and best wishes to Colin Garwood as he retired in June.

Taking the helm as the newly appointed President & CEO has been exciting and a bit scary. Although it has been part of my career goals and aspirations, it’s a completely different experience actually sitting in the seat, navigating the organization to continued success. It is a great honor to be at the service of Starbridge and the community as we amplify the voices of individuals with disabilities.

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We have also welcomed Elissa Burke as Chief Program Officer. Elissa has been an excellent addition to the Starbridge team. She joined us at the end of September, jumping in to help guide our Program leaders through budget season – which she loves!

What began as a shift to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 lockdown has proven to be a smart way to do business. For services where a hybrid or remote work setting is possible, staff tell us they appreciate the flexibility and ease of working from home. The general consensus has been that people feel more balanced and efficient with their routine.

We also know that many of us are missing the feelings of connection and fellowship from being in-person. I am grateful that conditions permitted us to gather for our annual fundraising celebration in-person at Comedy @ The Carlson. If you missed it, we hope you will join us in 2023.

Thank you for allowing Starbridge into your life. It is a privilege to partner with you and your loved ones in connecting to the resources, supports, and services you need.

Be well,

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Nikisha Ridgeway

P.S. If you are able to make a gift to Starbridge this year, there’s still time to send in your donation or give through PayPal. Your gift – of any size – supports children and adults with disabilities in our community.

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