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Changing today for a better tomorrow – gratitude for Nicole Mokeme

Working for a nonprofit organization embedded within Acadia National Park, I have the great opportunity to work with inspiring people who are changing today and creating a better tomorrow. This includes people and organizations like Nicole Mokeme and her Rise and Shine Youth Retreat, whose mission is to “foster meaningful relationships between Black people and nature through cooperative living, wellness retreats, residences, and outdoor exploration/celebration”.

Tragically, Nicole was a victim of domestic violence and was killed last year during a Black Excellence Retreat on our campus in Acadia (see news on recent conviction here). Although Nicole is gone, she planted many seeds of positive change that are already growing into that better tomorrow. Thank you, Nicole.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available through organizations like the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233.

Be well,

Nick Fisichelli

President and CEO, Schoodic Institute