THE RAYS OF SUNSHINE
All of us can think of special individuals who always manage to find time to help other people.  14/WILI and the Mohegan Sun have a name for those special people.  They are Connecticut's RAYS OF SUNSHINE, and together we're paying tribute to them.   Hear acceptance interviews with many of our Ray of Sunshine winners by clicking here.  To nominate someone, simply email wayne @ wili.com or snail mail your entry to WILI Ray of Sunshine, 720 Main Street, Willimantic, Ct. 06226 with a few details on why your nominee is special.
 
 
 

Lorraine Strenkowski


Lorraine Strenkowski
JENNIFER WENTWORTH AND LORRAINE STRENKOWSKI

Our Spring 2016 Ray of Sunshine Award recipent is Lorraine Strenkowski from Lebanon.  Jennifer Wentworth's 2014 nomination letter said:

       My name is Jennifer Wentworth and I would like to nominate my sister Lorraine Strenkowski for the Ray of Sunshine Award.  Three years ago Lorraine changed her life and became a Certified Nurse’s Aide.  She works with Alzheimer’s and mild to severe dementia patients, in the long-term care wing at Harrington Court in Colchester, where she was awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Core Values” on May 15, 2014.  Lorraine works 2nd shift so she can spend her days visiting schools and daycare facilities with her three published children’s books.  Each book has an important lesson, and Lorraine speaks to youngsters about the power of positive thinking, the caring and adoption of pets, and family bonds.  Her fourth project will be out later this year and is called "Grandpa’s Place.”  This story is meant to help children with the transition of their loved one from home to a care facility.  This year Lorraine donated 100 of her books to the non-profit organization "Books to Dreams, Inc, (a literacy program for children in need.), and ten books to the library at St. Jude’s Children Hospital.   She keeps close to her farming roots by writing for Country Folks weekly agricultural newspaper, where she highlights members of her own community.   Lorraine ALWAYS has a smile on her face, is a daily inspiration, and a true "Ray of Sunshine!”   Thank you so much for considering her for this award.




Ray of Sunshine Archive:
February 2017 - Rita Perry
November 2016 - Jonathan Wadsworth
August 2016 - Marie Hakmiller
May 2016 - Lorraine Strenkowski
February 2016 - Alice Bury
December 2015 - Rosemarie Bessette
August 2015 - Tonya Landrie Ohlund
May 2015 - Karen Schenck
February 2015 - Maurice Simard
November 2014 - Dorothy Stevens
August 2014 - Phyllis Pintal
May 2014 - Karen Porter
March 2014 - Joan Merritt
November 2013 - Ron Pires
August 2013 - Dorothy Deptula
May 2013 - AnnMarie Poudrier
March 2013 - Frank Kristoff
January 2013 - Bil Czmyr
August 2012 - Patti Sue Brown
May 2012 - Bobbi Brown
February 2012 - Judy Prescott
November 2011 - Kathy Pekarovic
August 2011 - Dee and Dale Hammon
May 2011 - Sandy Reed
February 2011 - Rich Balogh
November 2010 - Lisa Baker Rose
September 2010 - Dan Hill
May 2010 - Susan Humes
February 2010 - Donna Charron
November 2009 - Pamela Bibeau
August 2009 - Joan Morin
June 2009 - Kay Roan
March 2009 - Marion Russo
December 2008 - Frank and Shirley Mauro
November 2008 - Charlene Perry
October 2008 - Angela LaTour
September 2008 - Joan Goba
August 2008 - Donna Clauson
July 2008 - Rosa Tirado
June 2008 - Barbara Leary
May 2008 - Kord Baker
April 2008 - Joe Henry
March 2008 - Barbara Colon
February 2008 - Charlie Wynn
January 2008 - Jessica Medina
December 2007 - Linda Harbec
November 2007 - Richard Kelley
October 2007 - Lynn White
September 2007 - Paul Doyle
July 2007 - Pam Horrocks
June 2007 - Lauren Perrotti
May 2007 - Jean DeSmet
April 2007 - Gen Micali
February 2007 - Belinda Clark
January 2007 - Miriam Epstein
December 2006 - Anita Sebestyen
November 2006 - Eileen Spear
October 2006 - Monique Roy
September 2006 - Helen Card
August 2006 - Joan Doiron
July 2006 - Roddy McComber
June 2006 - Tom Beardsley
May 2006 - Victor and Martha Funderburk
March 2006 - Barry Shayer
February 2006 - Judith Jencks
January 2006 - Ray Milvae
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