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.

Tonya Landrie Ohlund

Tonya Landrie Ohlund
Tonya Landrie Ohlund was our Summer 2015 Ray of Sunshine award winner.  Jessie Shea's nomination letter said:

I would like to nominate Tonya Landrie Ohlund for the "Ray of Sunshine Award".  Tonya has been married to her high school sweetheart Kyle since 1996.  They have two beautiful daughters and have recently taken custody from the State of CT DCF of two of their relatives children.  They went from a family of 4 to a family of 6 overnight. ..all while Tonya was finishing her Master's Degree.  Tonya homeschools her eldest daughter, she volunteers at the little ones school weekly, she voluntarily delivers meals on wheels, participates in many fundraising opportunities for  local non-profits, among many other things.  One of Tonya's many great qualities is her willingness to help anyone who needs a hand.  Whether someone needs help with kids after/before school, a friend needs help during their busy time at their business, a local family is dealing with some sort of hardship or tragedy, there is an illness in the family or even a friends family...Tonya is always there to help.  In many cases...even if she doesn't know the person directly.  If there is someone in need...she is there to help.  Now, as you can imagine with 4 little ones at can be tight...but Tonya and her husband make it work...and they still find time to pay it forward by randomly paying for someone's breakfast once a week, buying groceries for someone in need, making a meal for someone in distress, adopting a family at the holidays, and purchasing back to school goods for young children who are less fortunate.  

When I first opened my flower shop (my long time dream) Tonya was right there supporting me and encouraging me (especially on the days where I wondered if I had done the right thing).  She would come help out when she could, but more importantly the words of support she gave me were priceless.  I am not the only one that Tonya is a cheerleader for...there are countless others.  Because of Tonya's support, love, encouragement, dedication to those in her community, her belief in paying it forward, her love of the children and families within her community, her devotion to taking in two family members who need and deserve a stable  and loving home, and her consistent love for leaving things better than how she found them....I BELIEVE MAKES HER A WONDERFUL RAY OF SUNSHINE!  She certainly is a Ray of Sunshine in my life...and many others! 

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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