July 9, 2012

Lund’s Honoring Ceremony 2012

Posted in Events, New Horizons Educational Program, Residential tagged , , , , at 2:58 pm by Lund

Story & Photos by Cat Cutillo/Lund

Many say that Lund’s Honoring Ceremony is their favorite happening of the year. It’s an event that captures the heart of Lund’s mission and celebrates the triumphs that clients have made and are making.  This June’s Honoring Ceremony was no different, full of smiles, tears and bright futures.

“I think it’s a big deal that we make a big deal out of successes and milestones that these woman have reached in their lives. For somebody to come in and get their high school diploma–to achieve an accomplishment like that is just so deserving of the spotlight,” said Lund’s Case Manager Ann Atkins.

Lund’s New Horizons Educational Program Coordinator Stephanie Rossier kicked off this June’s ceremony with the facts.

“Forty-seven women have walked thru the doors to further their education at New Horizons this year and 12 have either graduated or earned their GED, 9 women have courageously participated in outreach events across the state and 15 women have applied their job skills in a job placement within the community,” said Rossier at the Honoring Ceremony. “All this hard work deserves recognition.”

Event speakers included Lund’s Executive Director Barbara Rachelson, Director of Women’s Programs at Vermont Works for Women Rachel Jolly, Lund’s Residential Director Kimberly Coe, former and current New Horizons students and Residential Case Manager Ann Atkins who presented the ‘Kit Stone Humanitarian Award’ this year.

“The piece of paper you will be holding in your hands today, or the significance that this day holds for you, combined with action and persistence really can open doors.

A man named Bradley Whitford said, ‘Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.’ You’ve shown that you know how to use both action and persistence by being here today,” said Rachel Jolly, Director of Women’s Programs at Vermont Works for Women.

The Honoring Ceremony commenced with the presentation of the ‘Kit Stone Humanitarian Award,’ which is given each year to a woman who shows true humanitarian qualities like Kit Stone herself, who is the inspiration behind the award.

“Kit has been a supporter of Lund and the families we serve for as long as I can remember. She is a true humanitarian and one that I respect and admire beyond words,” Residential Director Kimberly Coe said at the Honoring Ceremony.

Case Manager Ann Atkins presented the ‘Kit Stone Humanitarian Award’ this year to Porsche Nicely who Atkins said at the Honoring Ceremony, “sets an example for all the woman engaged in Lund’s programming.”

“She has been incredibly committed to making real differences in her life and the life of her child. She’s been a big sister to new residents numerous times, she’s accompanied other residents to meetings and she’s just such an amazing mom,” said Atkins.

Two New Horizons students concluded the ceremony with poignant words of inspiration, one reciting ‘The Don’t Quit Poem,’ which was written by an unknown author and brought the Honoring Ceremony 2012 to a perfect close.

“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

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