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Monday, July 20, 2015
I cannot remember a time when my free time was spent without a book in my hand. Reading has always been one of my greatest joys and was a natural phenomenon with a mother who was a published writer and avid reader. She shared the escape and relaxation found in reading while I was still in the womb and I am pretty sure she placed a book in my hands...
Monday, July 13, 2015
The cost of poor health is high in our community. Live Well Northwest Florida estimates that unhealthy weight costs local employers approximately $575 per person in lost productivity, absenteeism and direct medical expenses. Across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties these costs swell to $85 million in annual expenses. Add in the negative impacts of...
Monday, July 6, 2015
It is exciting to host family and friends when they visit from homes in other parts of our state and county. Our sugar sand beaches, waterfront ballpark, naval aviation museum, equestrian center and Palafox Street are just a few draws that are fun to share with visitors. It is a blessing to call Pensacola home. At the same time, I recognize our...
Monday, June 29, 2015
People participating in community efforts often leave brainstorming meetings feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude and longevity of problems. In some cases, the failure of past initiatives unable to unite differing priorities and social cultures create distrust and inflexibility.  Initiatives must offer more than good intentions to overcome...
Monday, June 22, 2015
John Clark is the President and CEO of the Council on Aging of West Florida (COA).  He has held this position since 1974 and is actively involved in issues that impact elderly on a local and state level.  In 1991, he was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve on the original work group responsible for recommendations regarding structuring of...
Friday, June 12, 2015
 Gary Sammons is the Western District General Manager for Gulf Power and a 37-year supporter of United Way. A generous giver and recognized community leader, he chairs the United Way Board of Directors. In four years as the President and CEO of United Way, I have watched him calmly lead the annual workplace campaign and the strategic planning...
Monday, June 8, 2015
United Way of Escambia County has been serving our community since 1924.  In that time, our community has been through natural and manmade disasters, economic downturns and recessions. Throughout it all, United Way has been steadfast in the support of the community and has stabilized, unified and birthed multiple nonprofit organizations and...
Monday, June 1, 2015
A few weeks ago, I shared that nonprofit organizations were joining together in an attempt to solve the challenges that are impeding educational success that C.A. Weis Elementary teachers and administrators strive to help students attain. This initiative is being undertaken because National and State successes surround similar community models. In...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
 If the recent eight-day series on child abuse branded your eyes or thoughts with horrifying images that have devastated your peace of mind, May 30 represents an opportunity to replace those horrors with action and a different picture. While the professionals at Gulf Coast Kid's House believe the conversations started by pictures, details and...
Monday, May 18, 2015
Improvements in our community are best generated by individuals and organizations that put individual gain and aspirations aside for the good of the whole. Working collectively, measurable results weave across health, education, and financial stability service organizations to create real change among a population that struggles to overcome...