Former Southington BOE chair Brian Goralski chosen for YMCA award

Former Southington BOE chair Brian Goralski chosen for YMCA award

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SOUTHINGTON — Brian Goralski, the former Board of Education chairman, received the YMCA’s Person of the Year award for his two decades of town service.

Mark Pooler, Southington-Cheshire YMCA CEO, said Goralski served “unselfishly” during his time on the board, including 12 years as chairman.

Goralski decided not to run for reelection last month.

“Brian has consistently been an advocate for the children of Southington,” Pooler said. “Brian has led with collaborative style, working together with town boards and agencies for the betterment of education.”

Goralski is also a YMCA volunteer and works in the Meriden school district.

“I’m really honored and flattered to be selected...It’s an organization that I think a great deal of,” Goralski said.

The YMCA gave out a host of awards on Monday to people and organizations in town.

The Aqua Turf Club received the YMCA’s social responsibility award. In celebration of 50 years in business, the Calvanese family – which owns the Aqua Turf  and founded the Calvanese Foundation – gave $50,000 to local non-profits.

“No one supports their neighbors and community more than our award winner this year,” Pooler said. “They have always been a leader in giving back to the community.”

Two Southington High School students,  Sarah Meade and Gabe LeBlanc, got the youth leadership award for volunteering at the school and with the STEPS Youth Council.

Southington Police officer Chad Butler and Sergeant Brian Leppard perform crisis management training for schools, churches and town organizations. For that work, they received the youth development award.

“Chad Butler and Brian Leppard are making our community safer, smarter and more prepared,” Pooler said.

The YMCA awarded the Mount Southington Ski Area its healthy living award, citing the opportunities for wintertime activities it provides.
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