Women & Girls Fund Executive Committee Welcomes New Members

Joanne Borduas of Waterbury and Maria Gonzalez of Torrington have been named to the executive committee of the Women & Girls Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. The Women & Girls Fund annually awards grants to a diverse group of organizations whose programs improve the lives of women and girls and their families.

A resident of Waterbury and a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and the University of Phoenix, Joanne Borduas is president and chief executive officer of the Community Health and Wellness Center in Torrington, overseeing the center’s operations of about 30,000 patient visits annually and ensuring effective systems to promote overall community health and address disparities that could lessen access to health care.

Prior to joining the Community Health and Wellness Center, Joanne served as chief nursing officer of Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford and administrative director of ambulatory services for Waterbury Hospital.

Joanne is a member of the DPH/OCHA Committee on Statewide HealthCare Facilities and Services Plan, serves as a member of the Charlotte Hungerford Community Relations Board, is a member of the Torrington /Winsted  Rotary Club and was formerly on the board of directors of GI Co-Management Company, Access Rehab Center, VNA Health at Home, Heart Center of Greater Waterbury, and a former member of the Joint Cardiac Quality Council.

A resident of Torrington and a graduate of the University of El Paso Texas, Maria Gonzalez is the Family Development Center Manager at the Torrington office of New Opportunities. Prior to joining New Opportunities, she worked at Alternative Employment of Torrington, at the ARC of Litchfield County in employment services and as teacher’s aide at Pearson Middle School.

An advocate for the Latino community, in 2013 Maria established The Northwest CT Latina Woman Association. Maria serves on Torrington Youth Service Bureau’s Juvenile Review Board. She also serves on the Boards of LARC, the United Way of Northwest CT, and The Torrington Police Department’s Chief’s Community Action Committee.

Established as a giving circle in 1999 by a small group of women who shared a concern for the real-life needs of local women and girls, the Women & Girls Fund has awarded more than $40,000 to organizations that work to help women and girls develop skills, attain economic security, and improve their quality of life.

In recent years, the Fund has awarded grants to support child-care scholarships for working mothers, assist unemployed women to enter the workforce, provide automobiles to working women who need transportation, enhance economic opportunities and promote self-sufficiency for women leaving abusive relationships, support art therapy for mothers and daughters, and fund leadership and assertiveness workshops for high school girls.

For more information about The Women & Girls Fund or to learn how you can support its mission, visit www.northwestcf.org/womenandgirls


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