BAR HARBOR — Douglas Cornman is the new director of island outreach for the Maine Sea Coast Mission. He joins the crew of Sunbeam, the mission’s 74-foot ship bringing healthcare and support to the outer island communities of eastern Maine.
Cornman has served in the position on an interim basis for the past year. “We feel so fortunate to have Douglas on board with us,” said Scott Planting, president of the Maine Sea Coast Mission. “He brings strong skills and deep compassion to his work. After getting to know Douglas, the island communities urged us to make his appointment permanent.”
Cornman, who lives in Northeast Harbor where Sunbeam is berthed, is a mental health counselor and certified dance/movement therapist. He has 17 years of experience as a clinician and clinical administrator.
As director of island outreach, Cornman will respond to the needs of island residents for emotional wellness and spiritual development and will create opportunities for community and educational enrichment. Sunbeam has a long history of helping island residents and communities through times of crisis and difficulty.
“Joining the crew of Sunbeam V and the staff of the Maine Sea Coast Mission is an honor and privilege,” Cornman said. “I am humbled by the opportunity to carry on the mission’s 110-year tradition of service to Maine’s outer islands.”
The Maine Sea Coast Mission, based in Bar Harbor, was founded in 1905 to bring spiritual support, healthcare and educational opportunity to Maine’s isolated coastal and island communities. Today, in addition to Sunbeam’s offshore activities, the mission provides education programs, including scholarships, in Hancock and Washington counties. From its campus in Cherryfield, it offers the EdGE program, providing afterschool enrichment programs for more than 700 children, and a broad array of social services, including housing rehabilitation and a food pantry.