First Indian-American Appointed To CT Gubernatorial Commission
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is pleased to
announce that Sarju S. Shah of Berlin has been named to serve on the
Governor’s Commission on Community Service.
“Sarju is an
active and outgoing person who leads by example,” commented DPH
Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, M. D., M. P. H. “The commission will be
well-served by her first-hand involvement in a variety of community
service organizations and projects, both past and present.”
The Connecticut Commission on Community Service was established by
gubernatorial order in 1993 to administer community service programs in
the state, and to promote citizenship and volunteerism. Within
the areas of civic engagement, education, environment, human needs and
public safety, the Commission commits to engage, expand and enhance
community service experiences in Connecticut.
Ms. Shah has been employed at DPH as the Grant Development Coordinator
in the Contracts and Grants Management Section. She holds a Bachelor’s
Degree in psychology with a minor in biology, as well as a Masters of
Public Health, each from Boston University, and is a 1997 graduate of
Berlin High School.
Throughout her college years, Ms. Shah
was an active community service volunteer with such organizations as
the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children,
the Asian Task Force: Domestic Violence Prevention Organization, Saheli
(Friendship for South Asian Women) of Greater Boston, and Hindu
Students Council. She also led efforts at Boston University to raise
money to help the victims of the January 2001 Indian earthquake.
“Sarju is a true find for the commission. Sarju has a demonstrated a
commitment to community activism and understands the power to
positively impact serious social problems within communities. She
is self-motivated, an excellent mentor, and has a ubiquitous fire to
teach” all members of a community.
Undeniably, Ms. Shah is a leader and will enhance businesses and civic
communities, anywhere. We are thrilled to have her,” commented
Jacqueline M. Johnson, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission on
Community Service, Connecticut Department of Higher Education.
Ms. Shah remains active in her community currently as a teacher of
Indian cultural heritage and religion for children and teens in
association with the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, editor of
the Hindu Students’ Council ‘Samskar’ Magazine and as a member of
Sneha, a network of women of South Asian origin.
“It is an
honor to be appointed to this commission. This is a great
opportunity for me to help foster change and improve the lives of our
neighbors, friends and fellow residents through community service,” Ms.
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