Like many baby boomers I have decided to follow the advice outlined in the Sedlar-Miners book, “Don’t Retire…Rewire” so I will remain in the workforce with some modifications. In my case it meant switching from public service to the non-profit world and trading my 3 hour round trip commute for a short trip from the next town.
Believe it or not I’m not new to hip. In 1980 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working in the area I was one of the first visitors to the Center and encouraged the consumers with whom I worked to participate in the social and recreational activities they offered. I later spent a short time on the Board of Trustees but the best thing that I did was to convince the top brass at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to allow two staffers from the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) to have free space in the Jersey City office to start hip’s Hudson branch. Throughout it all I maintained a good friendship with hip’s founding CEO, Eileen Goff and I’ve been able to stay current on the tremendous growth of the CIL.
So, when it came time to retire from DVRS I looked around for opportunities that would combine my knowledge of people with disabilities, my interest in the progress of the disability movement and my commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities what better place to land than as President and CEO of hip. At DVRS my focus was on training and employment this transition allows me to expand my view and add outreach, education and advocacy to complete the service model.
We’re working on redeveloping the website, improving our imprint on social media and creating ways to respond to the needs of our consumers. I’m looking forward to this adventure and I want to share it with all of the friends and members of the hip community so I encourage you to contact me by using your favorite method of communication; e-mail bfitzgibbons.ber@hipcil phone (201) 996-9100 or arrange a visit.
Brian Fitzgibbons, MPA, CRC