Scholarship Recipient Catherine McDonald: ‘Take A Leap and Go!’

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s Catherine McDonald’s story.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:59 PM

Hi Terri!

I recently returned from a fantastic semester abroad in England where I studied history alongside UK students at the University of Birmingham. While I was abroad I was able to submerge myself in the fascinating British culture by living with current undergrad students at UoB. My time there was wonderful. In addition to exploring metropolitan Birmingham I was able to visit places such as London and Liverpool in England, as well as going to Wales and Scotland.

To conclude my time abroad I went on a month trip through Europe that took me through Amsterdam, Italy, and France. This trip inspired me to continue travelling and growing as a person, and I would urge anyone who has any interest at all to take a leap and go!

Best,
Catherine

Wyman’s Donates $25,000 to Maine Seacoast Mission for Youth Program

CHERRYFIELD – Citing its dedication to improving the welfare of its employees and their rural communities, the leading blueberry company Jasper Wyman & Son announced this week it has donated $25,000 to the youth program EdGE, part of the Maine Seacoast Mission. EdGE, or Ed Greaves Education, is based in Cherryfield and offers after-school, in-school, and summer programs from Gouldsboro to Machias.

“Wyman’s is a company with a deep commitment to sustainability,” says Robert Mancini, Wyman’s vice-president and CFO. “EdGE is committed to developing one of the greatest future resources from Gouldsboro to Machias: our children. We recognize that partnering with the Maine Seacoast Mission and EdGE allows us to continue improving our commitments to not only human resources but to our communities as well.”

According to Scott Planting, president of the Maine Seacoast Mission, the EdGE program inspires students to challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options. “We are deeply grateful to Wyman’s for its support of the EdGE program,” Planting adds, “and for realizing how vital it is to support young people and give them the skills to be happy and successful in life.”

April Norton, director of human resources at Wyman’s notes that many of the children of Wyman’s employees participate in the EdGE program. “Many families in our community face challenges in raising kids today. Wyman employees rely on EdGE to bridge the gap between work and home.”

Robert Mancini serves on the Maine Seacoast Mission Board of Directors.

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Sarra Bridges: Update on Our First Angus Macdonald Scholarship Recipient

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s a March 16, 2017from Sarra Bridges, our first Angus Macdonald Scholar.

“One exciting thing for me at Colby [College] this year has been my campus job with Student Health on Campus (SHOC). I have taken a leadership role organizing one of largest events that occurs each semester: Stressbusters. The event takes place during the last week of the semester before finals — and many students participate.

“Our aim is to help students relieve some of the stress that inevitably comes along with finals. We have piñatas, wood chopping, dogs people can pet and play with; people can make their own stress balls to keep, and many more things! We are constantly improving this event by adding different things [or] revamping things we’ve done already.

“I have also been on a sup[port]-group in SHOC focused on programming around drugs and alcohol. We just piloted a program we’ve been working on all year which will potentially be called I Care. It is focused on community and the drinking culture.

“It is mainly about how we, as students, can work on looking out for each other, making sure everyone has fun — but stays safe — at Colby. We emphasize the point that we all impact each other’s experiences here, and we want to make sure that impact is positive.

“Next year, I am taking on an event bigger leadership role as co-president of SHOC. I was approached by the current co-presidents about it and I am very excited for this opportunity to make an even bigger impact.

“Sincerely,
“Sarra Bridges/ Colby College ’19”

Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, April 2nd, Hosted by St. Michael’s Catholic Church

Downeast Table of Plenty

Thank you, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Cherryfield, ME, for hosting this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

Are you or your group interested in providing a meal in 2017? Please email Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington.

We’re Getting a Pretty Good Snow Squall. How Is It Where You Are?

Bar Harbor, ME — Sunbeam V Engineer Storey King sent this photo “from Matinicus this morning” on Wednesday, 3/22. In a separate email that day, Mission President Scott Planting emailed Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson:

Mike — we’re getting a pretty good snow squall this afternoon.  How is it where you are?

To which Capt. Johnson replied:

Good, Scott. Due to heavy wind we are spending a second night on Matinicus and leaving for Isle au Haut in the morning. It snowed here, but only a little.

The crew just had a CPR class by Eva Murray that took most of the morning.

Sharon and Douglas are out doing rounds, Storey is working on the hull, and I am doing some work on my computer. We had a pretty good crowd for dinner last night, and Douglas showed a movie after dinner with was fun.

Thanks for checking in,

Mike

Scholarship Recipient Ashley McEachern Helping the Red Sox Foundation

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s a recent note from Ashley McEachern.

I am a Customer Service Agent, answering customer questions, giving them directions. I also sell the 50/50 raffle tickets that benefit the Red Sox Foundation. Half of the money raised from these raffles go to underprivileged high school seniors in Lee County (the county I’m in Florida) for scholarships at college.

This year 13 students received scholarships at $5,000 each. Hope you are doing well!

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Sunbeam V Scheduled for Island Visits Mar. 28th-29th

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Until we’re able to say hello to you face-to-face, please enjoy this Sunbeam Virtual Tour.

Scholarship Receiver Ivy Wallace Excelling at Nursing Studies, Soccer

Photo courtesy of Ivy Wallace

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s Ivy Wallace’s story.

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Hi Terri!

This past semester, and each one before it, I have been on the Dean’s list. I also have been chosen from the Nursing Program and Orono Student Nursing Association to attend the National Student Nurses Convention in Dallas, Texas this April.

While I’m there I will be able to attend seminars on topics I am interested within the field of nursing, have mock interviews for jobs, receive information on building a strong resume, and learn about ways to make nursing a better profession for both the patient and the nurse!

The Maine Seacoast Mission Scholarship has allowed me to be able to self fund some of this trip which will make me a more knowledgeable nurse in the future.

I have also been a soccer coach at the Orono Middle School this past fall — a great opportunity for me to teach kids, and make an impact on their lives, while teaching them about the importance of being a good team member and staying active.

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