Y presents awards, names board members
Published 4:51 pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Westport Weston Family Y presented five awards and named six new members to its board of directors and five new members to its board of trustees during its 89th annual meeting.
The Y also reelected members to its board of directors and recognized outdoing directors during the June 17 meeting.
Honored with awards were:
Madeline Mann, a June graduate of Staples High School, was presented the Edward T. Bedford Outstanding Youth Award. She was a member of the Y's Showtime Exhibition Team for nine years and a member of the Competition Gymnastic Team for two years, the Y said. She was an instructor in the gymnastic center for the past year and a volunteer instructor in the dance center and at many Y special events.
Corbinian N. Wanner was presented the Lynne A. Warren Community Service Award. A rising senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and member of the Water Rat Swim Team, he is a lead officer of the Key Club. Wanner also volunteered with the community's recovery from Superstorm Sandy. He organized a fundraiser called "Bright Lights Bright Future," in which wreaths with battery-operated lights were assembled and hung on the doors of storm-demolished houses in the Fairfield Beach area the Sunday before Christmas.
Leslie L. Wolf was presented the Lee J. Edelstein Volunteer of the Year. A Y member for 16 years, the Y said, he sits on the Y's Building Committee, which has planned and made financial decisions regarding new Y facility under construction on the Y's Mahackeno property.
Paul Watson was presented the Paul I. Becker Employee of the Year Award. He has worked at many positions for the Y over the past seven years, the Y said. Currently, he drives the bus for the Y's child-care program in the mornings. He also is a school-age instructor, getting children to start homework, and later oversees activities in the gym or pool.
Iain Bruce received what the Y called a special award for dedication to the Y's mission and the community. He served on the Y's board of directors from 2002-2013, including two terms as president. An avid cyclist, Bruce has raised more than $150,000 in cycling based fundraisers for several local organizations, the Y said. At the meeting he was elected to the board of trustees
New members of the board of directors are:
Marjorie Almansi, who works for Able Construction in Westport;
Kana Higuchi, a rising junior at Staples High School;
Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan, an architect and interior designer;
Paul Keblish, an entrepreneur and private investor;
Gloria Nussbaum, who has overseen nonprofit organizations aiding the homeless;
New members of the Y's board of trustees are:
Iain Bruce, a senior managing director in the Risk Group of Ambac Assurance Corp.;
Duncan O'Brien, an executive with General Electric Co.;
Barbara Wiederecht, a former Y volunteer of the year who has a professional background in marketing and merchandising;
Jeffrey Wiese, president and chief executive officer of Homes with Hope.