Dorwin, a North Adams resident and graduate of McCann Technical School's culinary arts program, was born with Down's syndrome. But her audience was reminded on Friday morning that her condition is just one aspect of her personality and not one that has held her back.
Her passing just over a month ago could have meant the end of the one of the city's favorite breakfast. But Lefaver wasn't going to let all her hard work in making Linda's Cafe a success disappear: She found someone willing to continue her legacy.
The college will celebrate its quasquicentennial in 2019 with a series of events, exhibitations, signage and celebrations. President Jamie Birge announced the anniversary along with other college news as the spring semester kickoff breakfast held in the Centennial Room on Tuesday morning.
Those with autism, and for brain injured and the developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and BC Arc tried to do just that.
Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.
Louison House is there for people who have lost a job, lost a home, or just need shelter because of circumstances beyond their control. It offers 24-hour shelter; clothing, food and furniture; life skills training; referrals to support services; support in moving to permanent housing; tenant advocacy; career and education planning, and counseling.
At the annual campus breakfast marking the start of the semester, college President James Birge detailed some of the priorities designed to "position MCLA to strengthen and enhance the college," including enrollment.
It was all smiles on Tuesday at the college's Faculty Club, where seven North County public schools were recognized for their past and future use of $5,000 annual grants that the college initiated in 1993.
Chris May has a resume that is tough to rival.
He's a professional photographer. He's won the sportsmanship award on his high school track team. He's traveled the world. He's met David Ortiz. He's testified in front of Senators and Congressmen advocating for funding on behalf of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
The past year has been one of significant change for the Louison House. New director, new board members and, quite literally, a trial by fire for its Victorian headquarters.
So Thursday morning the nonprofit shelter for the homeless held its first annual breakfast meeting in some time to share what Louison House has been doing with the community and its many area partners.