Community Forum On Post-12/14 Recovery And Resilience, February 27 At WCSU

DANBURY — The United Way of Western Connecticut is inviting the public to a community forum to discuss recovery and resilience in the aftermath of 12/14 on Wednesday, February 27.

The forum will begin at 7 pm. It will be in Ives Concert Hall, 181 White Street, on the university’s midtown campus. The forum will be broadcast live over the internet by LiveStream.com.

Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine High School; and Mary Fetchet, executive director of Voices of September 11, are among the confirmed speakers.

“Even as our community continues to mourn, we must consider how we will move forward to heal and find meaning,” said James W. Schmotter, chairman of the United Way of Western Connecticut and president of Western Connecticut State University. “This conference, with guidance from people who themselves have led their communities through the aftermath of horrible attacks, will give us guidance as we find our own path.”

The community forum will be followed by an invitation-only symposium on Thursday, February 28, for educators, first responders, local and state officials, mental health professionals, community leaders, and other groups impacted by the tragedy.

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani will deliver the symposium’s keynote address at a dinner to be held following the symposium, also for participants and invited guests.

“Unfortunately, we aren’t the first community to face such a tragedy,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of the United Way of Western Connecticut. “The forum and the symposium are opportunities for us to hear what others have learned about recovery and resilience that can help our community recover from this terrible tragedy.”

For additional information contact the United Way of Western Connecticut at 203-792-5330.

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