BRANFORD — At the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards at The Woodwinds hosted by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, Branford High School guidance counselor Marian Montano, joined by her five grandchildren, shared the secret to a career that has had her counseling over 15,000 students.
“If you love what you do,” she said, “you never feel like you’re going to work everyday.”
Also honored was super-volunteer Jessica Robison of Clinton, a stay-at-home mom who “wasn’t very good at staying at home.” Attorney Cynthia Cartier, the Guilford award winner, reminded luncheon-goers that “you can’t do this alone, ladies,” and exhorted them to be mindful of seniors with a quote from her mentor that “what you are, I once was; what I am, you may be.”
Leading cognitive psychologist Alicia Farrell, Ph.D, of Old Saybrook, described herself as a rescue since “rescues are the best because all they need is love.” North Branford’s Laurie Van Wilgen donned a pink flamingo headband to raise awareness of breast cancer in both females and males, and Madison’s Sarah Davis, feted for her involvement in children’s initiatives, expressed gratitude for all those who helped her along the way.
WTNH’s Ann Nyberg emceed the ceremony.
— Lisa Reisman