‘Incredibly nice person with great sense of humour’ – Jessica Lewis appointed to WindReach board
An athlete who represented Bermuda at the Paralympic Games has been appointed a director of the special needs charity WindReach.
Jessica Lewis, who has also competed in the World Championships and Parapan American Games, said that the charity had helped her to achieve her goals.
She said: “WindReach is an incredible place that holds a special place in my heart. Without the organisation I would not be where I am today, not only as an athlete, but as a person with a disability.
“WindReach and their staff showed me that I could achieve anything I set my mind to. I am thrilled to be able to continue my relationship with them in this new capacity as a board member.”
Board chairman Stewart Ritchie said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jessica to the board. As a past participant in our programmes she brings a unique perspective.”
Ross Webber, deputy chairman and head of WindReach’s nomination’s committee added: “Jessica is an exceptional addition to the WindReach board.
“Her practical knowledge of the special needs community, as well as the opportunities that a facility like WindReach can provide, offers tremendous perspective and are an asset to the board. It also helps that she’s an incredibly nice person with a great sense of humour.
“Jessica’s appointment builds on the steps we have taken to ensure our board is reflective of the community we represent. We are committed to embracing diversity and inclusion in all forms.
“We demonstrate this with specific and deliberate action and not just rhetoric. We continue to refresh our board and we are always interested in people who are willing to contribute.”
Ms Lewis replaces former board member Lorraine Cooper-Lewis.
Mr Ritchie said: “Lorri had given countless years of enthusiastic, insightful and extremely productive support to the board and it is fitting she passes the torch to Jessica.
“On behalf of the whole board, I express our heartfelt gratitude and look forward to her continued contribution to WindReach as a volunteer.”