It is with very mixed emotions that I write this – my last blog – as the Executive Director for Community Alliance. I will be retiring from my position and plan to leave the Agency this spring. My last day of work will be May 16th.
My decision is a bit surreal as in some ways it feels like just yesterday that I joined the Agency – and yet it also feels like the Alliance has been part of me for a lifetime. So much has changed since I arrived – but our mission has remained steadfast – to help people remain independent.
Community Alliance has certainly been an incredibly important part of my life over the last eighteen years. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me and I have sincerely appreciated the opportunities I have been given. I have learned so much, met so many wonderful people, and have lasting relationships that I might not otherwise have formed. However, there comes a time in all of our lives – personal and professional – when we need to respect and appreciate what we have accomplished, and recognize when it is time to move on. Now is that time for me.
As I look back, I have a great deal to be proud of because of the accomplishments we have made together. I appreciate having had the opportunity to improve services for individuals in our County – and I fully realize that I have received much more back than I have given.
Winston Churchill is credited with one of my favorite quotes. He said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” I believe that and I will carry that focus with me for the rest of my life.
I thank you all for our partnerships. Now is the time to make space for new ideas – both for the organization and for me. My commitment to helping make Sullivan County a better place to live will continue in new and yet to be discovered ways. This is not goodbye – but rather “see you later”.
Please accept my sincere thanks for your support, your understanding, and your friendship along the way,
Barbara H. Brill, Executive Director
(603) 863-7708 ext. 3501