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Friday, August 6, 2010

Milford Living Treasure Award winner named

MILFORD - The Junior Woman’s Club of Milford has selected Joy Stonier as the 2010 Milford Living Treasure Award winner, the group said in a statement.
The award winner must be 65 or older, male or female, have been a resident of Milford for at least ten years and have contributions and actions that have enriched the community.
A Panel of Common Good comprised of community leaders helped to make the selection. The panel reviewed each application and after much consideration awarded the honor to Stonier, the statement said.
Stonier, 77, was founding partner of two non-profit organizations in Milford, The Rape Crisis Center of Milford and The Literacy Center of Milford. She is a member of the Milford Hospital Auxiliary, which she was president of for two years beginning in 1975, the statement said. During her time there, she helped implement the “art cart”, which long-term patients would be able to choose some art work to be hung on the walls of their rooms, the statement said.

Stonier became involved in literacy in 1988 when she became a tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of America, New Haven chapter. She then became more involved in the office end, volunteering in the satellite office located in the Margaret Egan Center, the statement said. Stonier became the executive director of The Literacy Center of Milford, an incorporated non-profit agency started by Frances O’Neill and Karen O’Neil in 1994, the statement said. Stonier was executive director until her retirement in December 2009.

Stonier continues to be involved in many organizations, Milford Hospital Auxiliary and Milford Garden Club since her retirement.

PHOTO: Stonier is shown with Milford Mayor James Richetelli Jr.



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