Catherine Malatesta: Heaven On Earth

A diagnosis of fast-spreading sarcoma didn’t change the fact that sixteen-year-old Catherine Malatesta’s spirit could light up a room. She was a natural leader in every aspect of her life and loved being center stage. She left the hospital to perform in her school’s musical, attend junior prom, and pass her AP exams. When she couldn’t leave her hospital bed, she recorded a campaign speech so she could be elected Student Council President. Through her resilience and strength, she set an incredible example for all who knew her and even for those who didn’t.

 

Catherine was a charismatic person, full of life. The friendships she made and the moments she spent at Coniston were life-changing. During the summers she was able to release from the rigors of her daily schedule and be herself, with no judgment from her peers. It was because of the amazing Coniston sisterhood she experienced that this was her heaven on earth.

 

On Catherine’s birthday in November her family visited Coniston to spend time at her most favorite place. The weather was beautiful and it was very special for them to be able to walk the grounds and experience places that meant so much to Catherine. That difficult day was made a bit easier by being surrounded by Catherine’s spirit.

 

Catherine-Malatesta-YMCA-Camp-ConistonThe Malatesta family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received in their daughter’s memory. With the funds directed to Camp Coniston an annual Campership in Catherine’s name has been established, and now a child who would otherwise be unable to attend Camp because of financial hardship will be able to experience the magic that Catherine lived for. Catherine’s parents expressed that she would have been over the moon to know that a child would receive this opportunity.

 

Catherine’s exuberance, infectious smile, fearless personality, steadfast loyalty, confidence, courage, grace and enduring love for others have left an indelible mark on all of our lives.

 

To all the donors of the Catherine Malatesta Fund
“This is my broken, but strong heart speaking directly to your generous and kind heart…thank you so very much for embracing my family and not turning your back during this terrible odyssey and for loving us as your own.”

— Jennifer Goodwin, Catherine’s Mother

Carl Witherell: Changing Lives Since 1984

Carl-Witherell-CampershipIt was not out for fame or recognition that Carl Witherell did what he did, but rather out of a deep love and affection Camp Experiences have on each child and their community. Through Witherell’s estate his dream of sending kids to Camp has been achieved by thousands—truly changing lives. His generosity and foresight inspires us all to leave a legacy to this world through the growth of a child.

Celebrating 100 Years of Girls Camp!

100-years-girls-campThis summer, Coniston will pass another important milestone that says a lot about the camp and the history of our community.We often forget how far our country has come. In 1916 the Sullivan County YMCA decided to offer programs not only for boys, but for girls, making Girls Camp 100 years old this summer. At the same time, members of our board were known to support the local Suffragette’s Union. Suffragettes were men and women who advocated for women’s right to vote as it was not until 1920 when women won this right. Throughout history, the Coniston community understood it was important to bring all people together, and before women had the right to vote they were welcome at our Camp! Today we are humbled by how closely Boys and Girls Camp work together to change lives and build a better society.

Welcome to Lindsey Tompkins our New Director of Development & Communications

lindsey-tompkins-conistonArriving at Coniston on March 1st, Lindsey comes to us with 12+ years of experience in marketing and communications. With her she brings an energetic personality and a true passion for developing youth. She works in partnership with the entire Coniston staff and with alumni to ensure that communications strategies, messages and tactics are aligned with the board’s overall plan. Lindsey lives with her husband and soon to be three children in Henniker, NH. During her free time she loves spending time with her family, unplugged and outdoors.

Thanks Walgreens

walgreens-conistonWalgreeens in West Lebanon, NH helped to run a national YMCA Campaign to support their local Y—Camp Coniston. They were able to raise over $2,000 in support of our annual fund. We met with Store Manager, Dustin Aldrich of Sunapee, NH, and spoke with him about the various camp programs we offer. We also explained how Coniston sends over 30 kids from the Lebanon and West Lebanon area to Camp on full Campership every year. In addition, we support the community by proving after school care at the Hanover Street School and Mt Lebanon School. YMCA Camp Coniston extends our appreciation to Walgreens — thanks for helping us to build great kids!