YMCA to honor locals at Feb. 3 annual meeting

Steve Nyerick will be honored at the YMCA annual meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Nyerick is the recipient of the YMCA’s 2015 Person of the Year Award.

Steve Nyerick will be honored at the YMCA annual meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Nyerick is the recipient of the YMCA’s 2015 Person of the Year Award.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3 the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs will honor award recipients at their 87th Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf.

Steve Nyerick, Dave Kanute, Anna Satterfield, Terry Lombardi, Brian Durocher, Catherine Myers, and Natiya Washer are among those to be honored, along with Relay for Life, Race for Chase, and Giving Back Girls.

“We are thrilled to honor so many in our community who are dedicated to making Southington a better place to live,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said in a press release. “Our annual meeting is a fun and inspirational evening celebrating the work of the YMCA, as well as many local heroes.”

Nyerick has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Person of the Year Award.

A counselor at DePaolo Middle School, Nyerick has been the school’s advisor for Alex’s Lemonade Stand since 2005, which has attracted over 400 students in an effort that has raised over $80,000.

In addition, he’s served as the Asset Building Classroom chair for the STEPS Coalition from the beginning, and he serves as the club advisor for the Let’s Get Real/Anti-Bullying and the Peer Meditation clubs at the school.

In the past, he has been involved as advisor for the Q+ and Character Counts Initiative, the Wall Climbing Club, and the Laser Tag Club.

“As one of the most popular staff members, Steve has made positive connections with a majority at DePaolo students,” YMCA officials said in the press release.

Steve has also been active within the community. He is a Sunday school teacher at Plantsville Congregational Church. He serves on the board of directors for the Margaret Griffin Child Development Center and as a member of the Juvenile Review Board. He is a parent volunteer for the Music of the Knight.

In the past, Nyerick has been a Confirmation teacher at the Church of St. Domenic, a Cub Scout Master for Pack 33, and a basketball coach for the Southington boys travel basketball team.

“If there is a common thread throughout all of Steve’s inspiration work in the school and the community is his natural ability to help our students feel good about themselves and helping them reach their greatest potential,” said the press release.

The YMCA will also present Youth Development Awards to Kanute and Satterfield. Each year, the award is presented to an individual or group that has worked to nurture the potential of local youth.

Neighbors - 2016 YMCA Annual meeting 2The Healthy Living Awards will be presented to Relay for Life and Race for Chase. These awards are presented to an individual or group that has improved the health and well-being of the residents and/or employees of Southington.

The Social Responsibility Awards will be presented to the Giving Back Girls and Terry Lombardi. These awards are designed to honor an individual or group that has motivated people to support their neighbors and larger community.

The Youth Leadership Awards will be presented to Brian Durocher, Catherine Myers, and Natiya Washer. These awards honor local high school students who display leadership qualities and are making positive contributions in our community.

Finally, the YMCA will welcome four new board members, Paula Knight, Patrick Mulholland, Al Rousseau and Tony Sheffy. Honored for their service on the board of directors will be Allen Meyerjack, Steve Proffitt, and Melissa Sheffy

Cost is $50 per person. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Aqua Turf. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:15 p.m.

Contact Janet Ebert to register at (860) 426-9518 or by email at jebert@sccymca.org.

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