Later in 2017, Paul led the group’s addition of a second part to its mission: to educate and raise awareness about addiction, mental health and recovery in our community. The group, in partnership with the New Canaan Community Foundation, held its first Community Addiction Awareness Vigil in downtown New Canaan. This event helped unite the community to honor those who died too soon, and to create understanding about those who struggle or are in recovery.
In addition, the monthly Pathway Series was initiated in January 2018, in partnership with the New Canaan YMCA. The Pathway sessions cover important addiction and mental health topics, utilizing outstanding speakers as resources for the community.
Paul lives in New Canaan with his wife Marge and the family dogs Lacey and Roxy. He has a daughter Andrea and two sons Karl and Peter.
Nick is also an individual in recovery; he has sharing his story in community panels sponsored by Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and Wilton. Nick started to facilitate the weekly meetings of the New Canaan Parent Support Group in January of 2017. The feedback from parents who attend the meetings has been uniformly positive.
Prior to his current counseling career, Nick worked as Dean of Students for Regis High School in New York City. He has a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from the College of New Rochelle. Nick lives in Darien with his two young boys Liam and Quinn, and his wife Erin.
Mary Kowal-Foley is our social media intern as of March 2022. Mary studies sociology, psychology and public relations at Sacred Heart University and is graduating in May to continue her journey in social media. For the short time she has been with us Mary has proven to be an asset to our team. After graduation Mary will be returning home to New York to pursue a career in social media.