DARIEN, Conn. -- Heather Cavanagh has been busy in the past week as she settles into her new role as the executive director of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk.
Cavanagh is a resident of Darien and has long been involved in nonprofit leadership positions. She is the former executive director of the Darien Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Westport Chamber and the Chamber of Kingston, R.I. She has also worked in corporate business development, sales, and public relations.
"I'm looking forward to it. I'm very happy to be engaged in the community as I was prior as the head of the Chamber of Commerce," Cavanagh said of her new post.
The YWCA is an important part of the town, she said.
"We offer many services to the community such as the Newcomers Club, where we welcome newcomers to the area and help them with getting involved in the community and establishing friendships. We also have other programs such as the toddler programs, where we are engaging children, mothers and families," she said.
Even though she just started this week, Cavanagh has already begun work for the many YWCA events coming up. These include the Women of Distinction Awards, which will be held May 29 at the Woodway Country Club, as well as the Push and Pull Parade on July 4. The YWCA is also launching a new club called Inspire for previous members.
"We held a very successful event in Darien two weeks ago and had over 150 attendees," she said. These included both current members and former members of the YWCA. She said seeing all the old faces felt like a college reunion. "It was a very enthusiastic response, and we're now getting it formalized and will be ready to launch very soon."
The transition to her new role has been made easier by the people she will be working with at the YWCA, Cavanagh said.
"I feel honored to be part of an organization with such an outstanding board, and I'm looking forward to working with them on all of our current and future projects."