Meet the Board…Laurie Giguere
Community Crossroads is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors. Bylaw, at least a third of the members must be someone with a developmental disability or a family member of someone with a developmental disability. There are currently 14 members of the Board of Directors. Some have been on the Board for several years and have helped make crucial decisions for the organization while others are brand new members looking forward to being involved.
In 2004, Laurie Giguere joined the Family Support Council. Similar to the Board, the Council is made up of a group of volunteers and is described as an advisory board to the Community Crossroads agency to support, educate and empower families. Once elected chairwoman of the Council eight years ago, Laurie joined the Board of Directors as the Family Support Council Liaison.
Throughout the past eight years on the Board, Laurie feels as though one of her biggest accomplishments has been helping the communication line between the Council and the Board. By having a stronger communication line between the two groups, Laurie feels as though it has brought more families together and has allowed more needs to be reached.
In terms of the Board itself, Laurie believes a reason the Board works so well together is due to the many backgrounds in terms of occupations, family structures and ideas. She notes, “it is really important to have a good mixture,” and added those without a loved one who is served are always interested in listening to stories and better understanding the needs of families in our community. Laurie herself was employed with IBM as a quality control software engineer. In 1999, Laurie recognized her daughter had significant medical needs and left the company in order to care for her daughter at home. Her daughter is served by Community Crossroads.
Laurie volunteers at Agency and Council fundraisers and activities because she enjoys promoting events in the community that people of all abilities can participate in. During Laurie’s chairmanship, the Family Support Council (FSC) has grown to a flourishing team of dedicated family members working toward the Council’s mission of educating, supporting, and empowering families. Currently, there are 19 active Council members made up of individuals and family members.
One Council event that is particularly notable to Laurie is the Caregiver’s Cruise because it allowed Caregiver’s to be recognized for what they do and allow them to have conversations with each other. By participating on the Board of Directors, Family Support Council and volunteering at a variety of community activities and fundraisers, Laurie hopes she has made a difference.