“The right venue for making my conceptual interest more of a reality”: Meet BT Board Member Deb Cahill

Take a moment to meet Bridges Together’s newest board member, Deb Cahill, whose first official Bridges Together event was our Birthday and Anniversary Party in April.

Deb is an AVP, Training Manager at Middlesex Savings Bank.

 How did you learn about Bridges Together?

I first learned about Bridges Together as a participant in the The MetroWest Leadership Academy, which is where I met Andrea for the first time. As part of our introductions to the rest of the participants, she shared what she does for work.

What is your role with Bridges Together and how did you become involved?

I am currently a member of the BT Board of Trustees. For the past couple of years I have been thinking about retirement and how I can add value and give back to society once I retire. As a lifelong learner and educator, I feel I have a lot I can offer today’s youth and know that this type of relationship can help continue making my own life meaningful and worthwhile. I guess I met Andrea and learned about BT in the right place and at the right time! Bridges Together seems like the right venue for making my conceptual interest more of a reality.

 In your opinion, what makes BT a unique organization?

Bridges Together realizes and recognizes that the family unit is no longer central to our society. Families, including siblings, children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, just don’t seem to be making each other a priority these days. Everyone’s lives are just too busy. BT’s vision of “Every child and older adult experiencing the richness of intergenerational relationships and interdependence” is no simple task in this day and age. BT is embracing the value of its vision and not only spreading the word about its value, but the organization is making the experience real for those who share the vision.

Did you have any special intergenerational relationships or experiences as a child?

Sunday dinners with grandparents were a staple of my childhood. As a child, I remember the fun of seeing grandparents come through the door — never empty-handed and always providing a “goody bag” of snack, cookies and candy. I will always remember looking out into the audience when I was playing a sport or performing in a concert or play and seeing grandparents and parents there, beaming and cheering me on.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I am a private pilot and have a plane at the Fitchburg airport. I helped build a plane that I also fly, and flew across the country with 35 other women in the Amelia Earhart Air Race Classic.

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