I attended Glance in January of 2017. This was at the urging of my employer, GeoHydro Engineers. I was newly employed and they suggested that it would be a great way to learn more about the community I lived in and that our company did business with. We help build all sorts of projects from K-12 schools to universities, financial institutions, retail, government, etc. The community is ultimately who we serve, and who we impact.

What I didn’t realize was how much I would learn about my community and how the relationships I made in that short span of time would help me through a difficult time. I became very close with Julie Ferguson of Annandale Village. I met some of the staff and villagers during Glance and got to know the great work they do. Through knowing Julie I have been able to volunteer on the campus. During our look at Gwinnett County Schools, I signed up to visit Give Center West. I wanted to learn more about alternative schools. I do not have children and felt that understanding the different facets of the school system made me appreciate how important it is for a community.

It was the friends I made at Glance and various Leadership Gwinnett alumni who came to my side when I was almost killed in a car accident on July 1, 2017. My husband was well supported by these new friends as he sat by my side at Gwinnett Medical Center watching me go through two major surgeries and seeing the outpouring of love and support from our community and my fellow Glance graduates.

After I healed and returned to life, I made a commitment to take this second chance to use what I learned during Glance to help further enrich the lives of my fellow community members. We moved to Suwanee and I immediately felt it was important to volunteer my time and support our schools. I since have been able to donate my time and resources to the Gwinnett County Schools Foundation and Library system.

My life is much richer for having participated in Glance- richer in people and friendships. I will cherish this experience and use what I have learned to make our community a better place to live, work, and play!

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