Letter: Donna Amara for Board of Health — Offers experience, ability to listen

Posted 3/25/20

To the editor:

A few days ago, I got to sit down with Donna Amaral to talk about Westport and why she’s running for the Board of Health seat.  We met a few years ago when she …

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Letter: Donna Amara for Board of Health — Offers experience, ability to listen

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To the editor:

A few days ago, I got to sit down with Donna Amaral to talk about Westport and why she’s running for the Board of Health seat.  We met a few years ago when she volunteered for the first Barn Dance the Land Trust held at the Santos Farm on Main Road but have not seen each other since.

 Ms. Amaral is an accomplished Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and has had an active 40-year career in nursing, including mission work in both Africa and Haiti during the AIDS epidemic. She’s been back in Westport for 18 years working in this part of the state.

 The most important thing, to me, about Donna, is that she believes in “bridging,” that is, not being locked into one side or another before doing all of her homework, and then finding commonalities among the interests to bring people together.  This is the essence of mental health — staying grounded and listening to all points of view before making a decision that is important to so many.  She is quiet, strong, patient, and articulate.

We’ve had several years of some Westport leadership being influenced by the loudest contingency rather than seeking the basic truth and long-term best interest for the community.  It’s extremely difficult to stay true to basics when a single group is large and loud.  It’s extremely difficult to stay true to our values when many folks simply don’t want to yell louder.  I believe Donna will work, and has the skills and background, to hear everyone.

Donna is grounded and does her homework, and I believe she will act in the best interest of Westport health and the needs of the broad community.  What a great step in the right direction this would be.

Barbara Hanley

Westport

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