The Wellness Council of Maine transitioned into 2013 with exciting new partnerships: The National Wellness Institute out of Stevens Point WI, a new Executive Director, and Executive Board Chair. The fall was highlighted with the Maine Wellness Leadership Summit. The WLCME will look towards increasing its small business representation, generating an awards process, and building strong wellness networks across the state for 2014.
Transitioning to our new national partner and its resources has been a highlight for 2013. The benefits and positive feedback have been enormous. The National Wellness Institute provides health promotion and wellness professionals unparalleled resources in programming and professional development. The dual membership with NWI and WLCME will be increasingly helpful for our members as together we develop an awards process for Maine businesses in 2014.
June brought the sad resignation of Rick Lyons as Chair. We thank him for his strong leadership and support during this year of transitions. The torch was passed to me; as former Chair of the WLCME steering committee, I have a long standing relationship with the WLCME, its history and mission. June also welcomed Roxane Dubay as Executive Director. Roxane has experience as a small business owner, administrative positions at two YMCAs, and as Lead Fitness Instructor at the New Balance Student and Recreation Center. We were incredibly fortunate to have Matt McLaughlin as interim director for the first half of the year supporting the transitions and wish Matt well in his new position at EMCC.
October brought the Maine Wellness Leadership Summit to Bangor and was a huge success. Over 100 wellness leaders from Aroostook to York came to network, learn, and share information, emphasizing “2014 the forthcoming PPACA impact on our wellness programs/hospital reimbursements/insurance policies”.
WLCME is ending the year reorganizing its state-wide steering group to make the network much stronger and meaningful for its members.