So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Adieu
By Monette Goodrich, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs
It may be corny and schmaltzy, but I admit that I am a big “Sound of Music” fan. I watch it every year and sing my heart out while my entire family (feline included) covers their ears. Why am I telling you this? I think the words of this song sum up the main message of this blog post: So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, adieu. After nearly ten years at the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health), I will be resigning effective Dec. 22, 2011.
Several life-changing experiences – as well approaching my mid-40s — have pushed me to reflect upon the past, present and future. Like many of you, I have focused most of my attention on my career, building a portfolio of skills and professional experience. After a year of thoughtful contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that I need to focus more on myself and my family.
Leaving an intellectually stimulating position, in a dynamic, mission-driven organization, is bittersweet. I am grateful for all of the many wonderful opportunities President & CEO Patricia Baker has afforded me over the years. Naturally, I will miss working with my talented colleagues and dedicated board and community advisory committee members.
While I am proud to have contributed to the foundation’s accomplishments, working with all of you — CT Health’s grantees and partners – has been especially gratifying and fulfilling.
To say that all of you have served as an inspiration to me and my work is a vast understatement. During those times when progress is frustratingly slow, I think of your steadfast devotion to your clients and constituents, and trudge forward knowing together we will impact the lives of those in our society who are forgotten or invisible. I’d like to thank everyone for the many valuable lessons I have learned during my time at CT Health – Iessons that I will cherish and take with me for decades to come.
While I will step down as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs later this month, I will be consulting on a part-time capacity beginning in January of 2012 until the foundation is fully staffed. So, if you have a public policy-related question or concern, it’s best to contact Patricia Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org, 860.724.1580, ext. 17, and if you have a communications-related issue, please contact Senior Communications Officer Maryland Grier at Maryland@cthealth.org, 860.724.1580, ext. 21.
Aside from more time with my family (pictured above during a summer trip to Acadia National Park in Maine), I’m not exactly sure what the future holds for me (for the first time in my life, I don’t have a 10-point action plan). I encourage you to keep in touch via my home email address monette g at comcast dot net.
Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season!