The first step in building an inclusive community? Engaging employees to help craft the cultural journey ahead. That’s where Community Bank started in 2021, and the path that followed was nothing short of exciting. Watch as Freddie Jacobs, Jr., CPA, and Maureen Gillan-Myer discuss our growing program and the priorities it has for the future.
This International Women’s Day, we want to spotlight one of our amazing employees: Dijana Downing.
Dijana was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her family fled to escape the war and found refuge in Germany, where they lived for almost six years before coming to the US in 1998 and making Vermont their new home. Dijana enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains, as well as sailing on Lake Champlain with her husband, daughter and two furry companions.
Thanks for sharing your story, Dijana. We’re happy to have you on the Community Bank team!
In regognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Community Bank recently made a donation to the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a national nonprofit founded by brothers Adam and Kevin Pearce after Kevin experienced a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a snowboarding accident. The organization improves the quality of life for people impacted by TBI and raises awareness about the importance of brain health. LoveYourBrain has developed programs and resources designed to create community and foster resilience for people affected by TBI, and Community Bank is proud to support this incredible cause.
“Each year in the US and Canada, over 3 million TBIs occur—that’s one every 11 seconds. TBI (including concussion) is a leading cause of death and disability globally, often leading to ‘whole person’ challenges that impact physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being. The often ‘invisible’ nature of TBI further compounds the experience, leaving people feeling unseen and isolated. That’s why support from Community Bank is so impactful and meaningful. This financial investment in LoveYourBrain will support over 10,000 people from our local community and around the globe to more deeply connect to themselves—and our compassionate community—to better manage the ups and downs of life that often arise after brain injury. We’re proud to call Community Bank a partner in helping more people with TBI and their caregivers access transformative in-person and online programs and resources—at no cost to participants.” —Co-Founder Adam Pearce
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