Neighborhood Connections welcomes executive director

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LONDONDERRY — Trisha Paradis wore many hats before fitting into the one she just put on as the new executive director of Neighborhood Connections.

A southern Vermont native, Paradis has been involved in the medical and human services field over the last 16 year having previously worked at The Memory Clinic in Bennington and Lincoln Street, Inc. in Springfield. Her roles have included community outreach and marketing supervising and training staff, for example. "This is an opportunity for me to continue in my career parth and develop additional skills and grow with [Neighborhood Connections]," Paradis said.

Neighborhood Connections, founded in 2009 in Londonderry, helps individuals and families access health education, counseling and crisis management. Paradis said the organization's small staff and important mission is what makes the job attractive.

"This organization meets people where they're at and there's a medical component too," she said. "This is an area with nine mountain towns ... an area where there aren't large agencies, and a lot of holes being filled by the small staff. There's a great board of directors who are very involved and believe in the mission."

Paradis got involved at The Memory Clinic while studying education in colleges, specifically working with clients who suffered from dementia. This involvement encouraged her to continue to want to help people. Later she got married and relocated to Windsor County, where she started at Lincoln Street, Inc.

Because The Memory Clinic has a specialized clientele, Paradis said her new job is "a breath of fresh air knowing that anyone can come in and they don't have to meet a certain criteria."

"This is an incredible community," she added. "It's one that certainly bonds together that helps others which is really great. They collaborate with a lot of different people and organizations to meet people where they are and support them on their journey. Everyone has different challenges and this organization understands that."

"I'm really excited to be here and to work with different businesses who coordinate with us. I believe in the mission of this organization and I'm really happy to be a part of it," she said.

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