There’s no question about it, Casey Burgoyne is value-added. Whether it’s cooking, serving, or cleaning up at the Bread of Life Community Dinner and Food Pantry; working to raise funds for drunk driving awareness; helping organize activities at Clinton Hospital’s Geriatric Unit; or modeling clothes in the “Ladies’ Night Out” fashion show organized by the Mayor of Leominster; Casey is using her time, talents, and engaging personality to forge connections with others in the community who share her passion for making a difference.
Casey, who earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education, recently passed the orientation process to re-qualify to teach. She’s also applied to facilitate Peer Support meetings for other individuals recovering from mental illness. And, in her free time (what free time you ask?), Casey is an active member of Alternatives’ North Club 21.
Claudia Best, Employment & Community Connector for Alternatives’ mental health services in Gardner, describes Casey as a compassionate and creative young woman with a real sense of style who keeps moving forward, regardless of the many emotional and physical challenges that have risen up in her path to mental health recovery. Casey says it all when she explains, “I am motivated to help others help themselves. Everyone has struggles in life but I believe if we keep picking ourselves up and give it our best shot, there is always hope.”