Author: Kaylee Sullivan

St. Mike’s mental health adviser wins national award

Instead of a top-down approach, Catherine Welch leads mental health awareness by walking alongside students in their struggles. Welch, assistant dean of students and Title IX coordinator at St. Michael’s College, is adviser of the school’s Active Minds program, which promotes conversations around mental health to rid the related stigma. Three weeks ago, she was named the top adviser in the nation. Welch said last school year was a difficult one for students, who suffered losses of two classmates, a priest, a professor and staff member, in addition to the national climate after the election. “It was all about...

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Join the crew

Colchester woman drums way to world championships As a dragon boat drummer, Colchester resident Lisa Campion is prone to pressure. “You’re almost the heart and soul; you’re the culture,” Campion said. “You’re fostering the winning mentality throughout the race. So even when you can see on your teammates faces that they’re tired and they’re losing steam, you’re the one saying ‘You’ve got this. Let’s go, pick it up.’” That’s exactly what teammate Lynn Coddington expects the women are in for as they train for the world championships in Hungary next July. At 68, Coddington, of Essex, is keenly fit,...

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Davis joins school board as student rep

Colchester High School senior Robbie Davis believes there’s a clear choice students can make: Either coast through high school or fully immerse oneself in what the district has to offer. Saying he’s known for choosing the latter, Davis is adding another position to his résumé as the Colchester School Board’s newest student representative. Davis tacks this on to his past and present involvement in football, hockey, lacrosse, golf, mathletes, student government and more. Davis said his new position would better connect him with the board and the school itself. “I’m a very active person in this school,” he said....

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Fontaine retires from CPD

Recalling a day on traffic patrol earlier this year, Cpl. Jeff Fontaine of the Colchester Police Department mused over a three-generation family approaching him, in the middle of the street, to take a selfie. He’d made a connection with each generation through his work in the community and as the Colchester School District’s school resource officer for two five-year stints. Such an interaction reminds Fontaine why he began his career 37 years ago — when a selfie was a mere, undefined habit — and is one he’ll carry with him into retirement. “It’s that interaction that keeps you pumped...

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Fight for the right: CCS program bridges students into adulthood

Editor’s note: This is the final article in a five-part series featuring Colchester’s Champlain Community Services, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment, living conditions and community engagement. Like many people with disabilities, 22-year-old Thomas Caswell struggled through his teenage years. His difficulties, though, propelled him into a life of self-advocacy that’s had a lasting effect on both him and his peers. As a young man with autism, Caswell cultivated his passion to fight for his rights, as well as others with disabilities, during his high school years. Part of this activism was through Champlain Community...

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