Skoronski gets retirement send-off

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Mar. 8, 2013
Retiring senior center coordinator Maryleah Skoronski, in front of a crowd of about 150 people, listens as speakers bid her farewell on Feb. 28. Photos by Steve Smith.
Retiring senior center coordinator Maryleah Skoronski, in front of a crowd of about 150 people, listens as speakers bid her farewell on Feb. 28. Photos by Steve Smith.

Entering the room filled with hundreds of co-workers, friends, family members and town officials, Maryleah Skoronski received a standing ovation at her official retirement party on Feb. 28, after 20 years of working for the Glastonbury Senior Center.

Speakers included Human Services Director Patricia Schneider, who said it was hard to put in words how Skoronski made a difference in so many lives over her tenure. “She has been one of the most amazing people to work with over the years,” Schneider said. “Her slogan has always been not 'We can't do this,' but 'How can we do this?'”

Schneider said Skoronski was responsible for a lot of the center's growth over the years. The center used to see about 40 people per day, but now sees between 250 and 350 per day. “That growth started before we even got a new building, with her creativity and ability to build bridges with other people and partners in the community, [and] her love for people of all ages,” Schneider said. “She has left a legacy, and really has set the bar high.”

Town Manager Richard Johnson said the day was one filled with mixed emotions.

“Certainly, I can say I'm very sorry to see Maryleah leave,” Johnson said. “At the same time we are also very happy that Maryleah now has the ability and time to go out and pursue her interests in retirement. If you looked up 'senior program coordinator' in the dictionary, her picture would be there. She will be remembered by all of us.”

Eva Bowden of the Commission on Aging said Skoronski put the Glastonbury Senior Center “on the map.”

“It was noted in our most recent accreditation award, that we were described as having great programming and outstanding leadership and commitment to quality programs. That says so much about the person who lead all of that,” Bowden said.

Ed Ruff, a friend of Skoronski's, said she had once joked at a banquet that she wanted lobster, which was not available, and had to “settle for chicken.” He then pulled a live lobster out of a bag, and told her, “this is for you.”

“I didn't do this alone,” Skoronski told the crowd. “We have a wonderful staff here in Senior Services, and they've been supporting me for years, and we have wonderful volunteers. Our families are also very supportive. It's been a real team effort. I know I'm leaving it in good hands. It's been my pleasure to work with you.”


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