Dynamic engagement

To the Editor:

As we settle into the rhythm of the holidays and look to the new year, I find myself particularly mindful of this vibrant, diverse, welcoming island community that I’ve been so fortunate to call home for two years now.

I feel a renewed gratitude for the countless people behind both Y’s, the island’s libraries, our school district and educational institutions, and the many churches, nonprofits and generous businesses, all of whom work tirelessly to bring us into common spaces for celebration, education, enrichment, meals and shared civic endeavors.

Among the island organizations uniquely devoted to this work is the Island Housing Trust (IHT). In his recently printed opinion piece in this newspaper, IHT board President Ted Koffman described the value of preserving the “institutions, traditions and activities that define and maintain our sense of place.”

The staff and board of directors at IHT are keenly aware of the urgent need to attract and house the workforce and families that engender a thriving year-round economy and dynamic local engagement. My family has personally benefitted as recent IHT homeowners, something I reflect on with profound gratitude this time of year.

To IHT and everyone who shares this deep commitment to building and bettering our island community, I offer my sincerest thanks.

Kendra Rand

Bar Harbor

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