True Colors of My Life program presented Sept. 25 by Auxiliary

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Margaretville — Carrie Bergeron will give a presentation titled, “True Colors of My Life,” about her life experiences as a person with Down syndrome, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arc of Delaware County in Arkville.
The program is part of the Marian Connell Wellness Education Series produced by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Wellness Committee Director and Coordinator Rita Herbst said that presentation is free and encouraged the public is to come and hear about Carrie’s remarkable journey.
Carrie Bergeron, now 36 years old, is a former board member of the National Down Syndrome Congress and currently serves on the Self-Advocacy Council. She also participates in her local Speakers’ Bureau.
She loves to share her experiences as a person with Down syndrome, hoping to give insights and encouragement to those associated with Down syndrome. She is the recipient of the “Voices” award from the National Down Syndrome Society as well as the Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizenship award from the National Down Syndrome Congress.
Carrie truly believes that all people with Down syndrome and other disabilities should be given every opportunity to meet their individual potential and success. Her passion is to spread awareness. She does this as she gives many speaking and PowerPoint presentations, highlighted by her signing of song with creative interpretation and movement.

Turning it around
As she proudly states, “I have taken the ‘dis’ from disability and made it my ability to advocate for those of us with special needs.”
Carrie’s 50-minute presentation about her life experiences includes Early Intervention up to present day Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. The Auxiliary Wellness Committee emphasizes the following points in its work:
• Process means that improvement is always possible
•Aware means that we are continuously seeking more information about how we can improve.
• Choices means that we consider a variety of options and select those in our best interest.
• Success is determined by each individual to be their collection of life accomplishments.
The Arc of Delaware County Community Living Skills Center is located at 393 County Highway 38, Arkville (across from Titan Drilling).
For additional information about Wellness Committee activites, please contact Chair John Riedl at 607 588-7711, Rita Herbst at 845 586-1439 or the Arc of Delaware County at 845 586-4900.

About HealthAlliance
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance visit our website at www.HAHV.org.