Executive Director's Note
Dear PSN Partners,
The beginning of November inspired much reflection for each of us. Not only as professionals dedicated to advancing the well-being of our most vulnerable youth, but as a parent, caregiver, sibling, family member, friend, neighbor, and ally. For me, I gained a deeper connection to my life’s purpose. As PSN’s Executive Director, I am even more determined to join the many bright lights in our community as we collectively work together to protect our children, so that they can thrive in a respectful culture of openness, inclusion, and acceptance.
Returning from Thanksgiving break, I end November with gratitude for life’s many blessings. I am blessed for my family and dear friends where I draw strength. I am grateful to our PSN partners who dedicate themselves tirelessly to promote youth well-being. Thank you to the community of survivors for a welcoming and moving experience at my first International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on November 19th hosted by American Foundation of Suicide Prevention – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and Children’s Health Council. I invite you to watch this year’s Survivor Day film, Life Journeys. I am most grateful to the young people and children who inspire me by sharing their voice, organizing peace events, and writing letters of hope to our President-Elect. Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working beside you in 2017 as we launch PSN 2.0.
Hope to see many of you today at our last community meeting of 2016. Karen Kienzle, Executive Director of the Palo Alto Art Center and recent Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Athena Awards honoree, will talk about the Art Center’s programs for youth. As part of National Children's Grief Awareness Month and knowing that the holidays can be difficult time for those who experienced loss of a loved one, the second presentation will feature Kara.
With peace and gratitude,
Mary Gloner, Executive Director, Project Safety Net