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Search Begins For Director Of Candy’s Place

September 19, 2018

FORTY FORT — Candy’s Place, a non-profit cancer wellness center based in Forty Fort, has begun its search for a new director.

The organization announced plans to close on Sept. 14 but chose to stay open and reorganize after an outpouring of community support.

Long-time board member and current chairwoman Kim Mericle said Candy’s Place is working to fill the director’s position as soon as possible.

“We are seeking someone with vision, someone who will supervise, motivate and support our staff and volunteers,” she said. “Most importantly, we want someone who will provide exceptional care and compassion to the many cancer patients and families who turn to Candy’s Place during very stressful times in their lives.”

Mericle said the director should have strong organizational skills, have some experience in fund raising and grant writing and preferably three to five years of experience in a non-profit environment.  

She said a new slate of board members will be approved for Candy’s Place shortly. Several of the previous board members have agreed to remain and new officers have been appointed.

The Candy’s Place team of instructors, caregivers and other key volunteers also will continue to provide uninterrupted services and support to those in need. Donations are welcome. 

Known for providing personalized services and a home-like atmosphere for cancer patients, Candy’s Place made the announcement to close after its founder Penny Cunningham announced she was retiring after 20 years of dedicated volunteer service to the organization.

Cunningham founded Candy’s Place in September 1998 in memory of her sister Candice Vincent-Mamary, who died of lung cancer despite leading an active and healthy lifestyle and not being a smoker.

“Penny means so much to Candy’s Place and contributed so many hours of her time that we weren’t sure we’d be able to continue.  However, after we announced we were closing, we received so many calls, cards, and e-mails of support from the families we’ve touched over the past 20 years, that we knew we needed to find a way to move forward.” Mericle said. “I am thrilled that we are keeping our doors open with all of our current programs and services remaining in place.”

Mericle said she and her husband, local real estate developer Rob Mericle, will continue their long-standing financial support of Candy’s Place.

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services has also provided rent-free office space to Candy’s Place for many years.  

She said the organization has already received letters and resumes from numerous people interested in the director’s position.  Candidates interested in applying should send their resume as soon as possible to candysplacesearch@gmail.com.  The board expects to begin interviews shortly.

For more information visit cancerwellnessnepa.org.

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