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Two women at an outdoor environmental event

Sandy Breslin (1954-2017) was a founding member of CLCC who made enduring contributions to land conservation, the environment, and politics at every level. To honor her legacy, CLCC created the Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellowship, a one-year staff position for students interested in advancing land conservation efforts across the state.

This month, we said goodbye to Sylvie Boucher, CLCC’s third Fellow, as she moved on to further her graduate studies in environmental policy and sustainability. Sylvie assisted with all facets of CLCC’s outreach and communications including compiling our monthly #LoveYourCTLandTrust eNews and bringing her insights around environmental justice and urban health issues to our Advancement Initiatives and conference roundtables.

As we extend our gratitude and best wishes to Sylvie, we are delighted to welcome Emely Ricci to our staff. Like all previous Fellows, Emely comes to CLCC through UCONN’s Master of Public Administration program. We are excited to tap into Emely’s impressive skills in expanding CLCC’s programming to foster inclusive conservation, enhance community engagement, and advocate for strong conservation policy.

Last month at the Seaside Sounds for Environmental Justice event, CLCC staff bumped into Emely.  As I watched Emely, Sylvie, and Yaw enthusiastically talk about working at CLCC, I thought a lot about Sandy.

If you were fortunate to know her, you likely remember that Sandy was fluent in Spanish. However, what you may not know is that Sandy also had a fondness for the Yiddish language.

She would be kvelling!

Amy Blaymore Paterson
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Sandy, CLCC Board Chair Elisabeth Moore (CT Farmland Trust), and I enjoying time together in August 2016.

P.S.  You can read more about Emely here. Better yet, please reach out to her, say hello – ella habla Español – and share a story or two for an upcoming #LoveYourCTLandTrust eNews.