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 @ 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.

Maurice Simard

Maurice Simard
Maurice Simard is WILI's latest Ray of Sunshine Award winner.  Claire Chesmer, Recreation Director at Douglas Manor, and David Light's nomination email said:

For the past eleven (11) years the residents of Douglas Manor in Windham Center have been fortunate to have a Special Friend. His name is Maurice Simard.
Maurice’s special connection with the residents began 10 years ago when his mother-in-law became a resident. Being the resident of a convalescent home can sometimes be a lonely life. Realizing this, Maurice decided that the residents need some cheer, some conversation, some experiences on a frequent basis that re-connect them with the joys and experiences of their past, joys and experiences that they hold deep within their hearts, ready to be unlocked and enjoyed again.
Maurice frequently comes to visit and chat with residents in the halls and in their rooms. He also accompanies them on field trips, providing support however needed. Maurice gets along with everyone. He speaks French to the folks who were brought up speaking the language, and having served in the Navy, residents who are veterans love to share their stories with him.
At Christmas time Maurice becomes Santa Claus. He puts on a Santa outfit, visits each and every resident, and hands out a Christmas gift to each one.
On Mother's Day he dresses in a tuxedo, white shirt and bow tie and visits every lady to give them a flower.
On Valentine's Day he transforms himself into Cupid and delivers chocolates to every room.
He is truly a treasure to Douglas Manor, and that is why everyone calls him "friend!" When he enters Douglas Manor, he is like a "ray of bright sunshine” that warms the hearts and souls of each and every resident. His smiles are infectious; his words are kind and compassionate. The residents look forward to the joy and love and friendship Maurice Simard brings with him through the year.
We proudly nominate Maurice Simard as the recipient of WILI’s Ray Of Sunshine award.
David Light
Friend for over 43 years
Claire Chesmer
Recreation Director, Douglas Manor

Ray of Sunshine Archive:
November 2018 - Kathy Cote
August 2018 - Nicole Henry
May 2018 - Adrianne DeVivo
February 2018 - Mike and Glenn Morell
November 2017 - Phil Pavone
August 2017 - Pat Tolokan
May 2017 - Carolyn Stanich
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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