Perspectives in Righting
Better Manchester is pleased to introduce Perspectives in Righting, a space dedicated to exploring and delving into topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion.
In creating this space, our goal is to welcome our loyal readership and contributing writers, along with embracing and making space for new readers and writers with fresh ideas and unique perspectives from right within our Manchester community. We look to center on the voices of those whose perspectives are often overlooked or undervalued, such as Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQIA community and all other disenfranchised or underrepresented communities.
As a community, we took the long overdue step last summer to declare that racism is a public health crisis and that racism and prejudice have no home here in Manchester. While our oral and written words are powerful, it is our actions that will create lasting impact within our town and, ultimately, within our world. This is a safe space for all – no matter what your color, creed, religion or sexual orientation. We acknowledge that our differences are not meant to be used for hatred and division, but they are to be celebrated, revered, honored, cherished, and most importantly, loved. We hope that you will join us on this amazing journey, and we thank you in advance for your support.
Q&A With: Josh Charette
Q: What is your role within the Department of Leisure, Family & Recreation?
Josh Charette: “I am a Recreation Supervisor, I also oversee the Aquatics Programs, as well as being a part of the Park Ambassadors, and I work with the Community Y.”
Q: How long have you worked for the Town of Manchester?
JC: “I have worked here for about a little over a year and a half now, and previously worked part-time with the town for 8 years.”
Q: What drew you to your specific role in the Town of Manchester?
JC: “Over the years I was able to build relationships with community members as well as people in the department. In having such an appreciation for what I was able to receive and having with people in the community, I wanted to give back to the community by using my role in the Town.”
Q: What are you trying to achieve in your work?
JC: “I am trying to bring attention to the Learn To Swim program and ensuring people are safe around water through this program. I want to bring people the opportunity to learn how to swim because it is an important life skill. When it comes to overall my work I want to build a community that can come together as one and enjoy the great things that this town has to offer.”
Q: What do you find the most rewarding about your work? Any major challenges?
JC: “I really enjoy seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they go into recreation centers, as well as when they come to our pools and they are having a good time. I also love working with the adolescents and the teen youth here in Manchester to help develop them into mature adults that will be good employees or have good management skills.”
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