Inbox [April 27]: Pathways to screen Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’, Spectrum Health picks CEO, Ascentria accepts lab donation, Worcester Public Library springs a sale

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Pathways to screen, discuss Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’

SpotlightPathways for Change will host a screening of the feature film “Spotlight” followed by a community conversation at 6 tonight [Wednesday, April 27] at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden St.

“Spotlight,” winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, tells the “riveting true story of the team of Boston Globe investigative reporters and editors who uncovered a conspiracy to cover up clergy sex abuse on children.”

Dave O’Regan, an active member of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a trainer for the statewide Enough Abuse Campaign, ending child sexual abuse, and a supporter of Pathways, will join the community conversation following the film.

Read more on Pathways for Change’s Facebook page

Spectrum Health names Isaacson CEO

Kurt A. Isaacson

Courtesy Spectrum Health Systems

Kurt A. Isaacson, president and CEO, Spectrum Health Systems

Spectrum Health Systems announced Chief Operating Officer Kurt A. Isaacson has been named its new president and chief executive officer effective July 1. Isaacson will succeed retiring President and CEO Charles “Chuck” J. Faris, who joined Spectrum in 1971 and led the organization through a period of significant evolution. Faris will move to a senior advisor role to facilitate a smooth leadership transition.

“I am honored to have been selected as Spectrum’s next president and CEO and look forward to continuing to work with the talented team of professionals here,” Isaacson said. “As the opiate addiction epidemic continues to impact so many lives we are committed to responding to the crisis by expanding access to treatment and providing the highest quality of care that sets individuals on the path to long-term recovery.”

Read the full press release on the Spectrum Health website

Ascentria receives donation from the Student Empowerment Program

StEP Donation

Courtesy Ascentria Care Alliance

Members of the Student Empowerment Project (StEP) recently donated to Ascentria’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program. Front row, from left: Catherine Leeber, Jeimy Hernandez and Jake Medina. Back row, from left: Sean Griffin, Hannah Shaw, Nick Vermette, Nick Lee, Michelle Sterk Barrett, Kristen Penkala, Chris Raynor and Jack Kenney.

Ascentria Care Alliance, a nonprofit community service organization that works with refugees of all ages coming into Massachusetts, is “pleased to announce that its Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program (URM) is the proud recipient of a multipurpose computer lab from Student Empowerment Program (StEP).” This donated state-of-the-art lab, complete with laptops, a projector and screen, a speaker, and other accessories, was presented to the program at a special dedication ceremony held at Ascentria’s Worcester Client Center recently.

“Student Empowerment Program (StEP) is proud and humbled to donate to Ascentria Care Alliance the Michelle Sterk Barrett Technology Lab,” said Jake Medina, StEP co-founder and president, during the event.

Read the full press release on the Ascentria website

Spring Book Sale at Worcester Public Library

The Friends of the Worcester Public Library will host its Annual Spring Book Sale for adults and children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 in the Saxe Room at the main library. Featuring all types of books, including fiction, nonfiction, biographies, children’s books, hardcover, trade books and paperbacks. Prices range from $0.50 to $2 with book sets for $5. The Food for Thought Bookstore and Café will also be open during the sale. All proceeds support programs at the Worcester Public Library.

The Friends of the Worcester Public Library Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteers helping to enhance the library’s services to the people of the Worcester area.

Read the announcement on the library website

— Cindy Henderson

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