C3 has change in leadership

By Press Release
Colchester - posted Mon., Oct. 14, 2013
(L-r) Shelly Flynn, Cindy Praisner and Joan O’Donnell (chairperson, 2010-2013). Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Collaborative for Colchester’s Children (C3) has a change in leadership.  After eight years of involvement and leadership with C3, Shelly Flynn resigned from her position as the early childhood coordinator, effective this past September. Flynn, a C3 pioneer, said she is “thankful for the opportunity to have served the Colchester community. C3 is designing and implementing early interventions that help the whole child. It is a strong initiative with a purpose and vision. Change brings opportunity, and I see the change in leadership as an opportunity for further growth toward that collective vision.”

C3 is pleased to announce that Cindy Praisner has been selected as early childhood coordinator. Although she is new to this position, she is far from new to C3. Praisner, along with Flynn, has been involved with C3 since the beginning, first as a parent member and most recently as its data coordinator. Having worked closely with Flynn for the last three years, Praisner commented that she is excited to be able to continue the work that Flynn started. “She has been a tremendous mentor and I am honored to be the one to follow her,” said the new leader.

Praisner is passionate about the importance of the early years. “It is during these first years of life that a foundation for later learning, health, and life success is created. Every child deserves the best possible start to life. Working with C3 and its partners, we have the opportunity to significantly impact the lives of all families with young children in Colchester,” Praisner said about her new role with C3. “I would love to see C3 be the go-to place for families with young children. C3 does a lot of system level work already and I believe we are now ready to provide more services directly to families. I would like to see us make connections with families beginning during pregnancy so that we can support families from the start.”

For more information on C3, visit www.colchesterC3.org or contact Cindy Praisner at cpraisner@colchesterct.org.

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