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Aili Galasyn Recognized by QVCC Foundation

Released June 20, 2017—

Canterbury resident Aili Galasyn was recently honored by the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation and awarded emeritus status in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the Foundation’s mission.

Photo of Christian Sarantopolous and Aili Galasyn
Foundation President Christian Sarantopolous presents Aili Galasyn with a heart-shaped rock that symbolizes the solid foundation access to higher education provides.

“The Foundation appreciates the commitment and dedication all members bring during their tenure,” said Monique Wolanin, director of institutional advancement, “but recognizes only select individuals for emeritus status.”

“Aili has served QVCC for over 46 years,” said President Emeritus Dr. Robert Miller. “She was one of the first members of the Citizens Planning Committee, made up of representatives from the towns in Windham County. This committee was a major force in bringing about the establishment of QVCC. She was an original member of the Regional Advisory Committee and the first female president of the QVCC Foundation. Aili is a wonderful example of the extraordinary support of QVCC by the residents of Northeastern Connecticut.”

“I have had the honor of working with Aili for ten years,” said Wolanin. “There is no doubt in my mind that it is thanks to the dedication and work of individuals like Aili that the QVCC Foundation is now able to provide over $200,000 annually to local students. Her commitment to education and passion for this College inspire us every day. We owe Aili our sincere gratitude for all she has done and continues to do for QVCC.”

The Foundation has seven other emeritus members: Rheo Brouillard, Laurence Hale, Dr. Miller, Frank Postemski, Donald St. Onge, Steven Townsend, and Dianne E. Williams.