Often we don’t know our true strength until we are tested. After such a test, we learn we possess resiliency — the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship.
The 2018 fires shook Shasta County, and neighboring communities, and for the past year our community has been in reboot, recover and rebuild mode. As such, we have exemplified resiliency! It’s a strength we can own and celebrate.
Through four seasons we have observed first responders, law enforcement, land and resource agencies, health care providers, the education community, faith-based groups, nonprofits, business, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We are filled with appreciation and inspiration.
Moving into year two, as we dig deeper to learn about, plan and implement fire prevention practices, The McConnell Foundation pledges to be a part of a long-term strategy. We have been working closely with city, county, state and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit and business partners to find our role in facilitating fire recovery and reducing the risk of future fires. Looking forward, if large-scale ecosystem impacts, such as catastrophic wildfire, are our “new normal,” we are committed to pursuing strategies that improve resiliency in our communities and ecosystems as part of our normal work plan.
Thank you for your efforts this past year. Let’s stay encouraged, hopeful and engaged in moving from immediate relief and response, to long-term recovery. With resiliency as our strength, we have gained wisdom and new tools to work together.
John A. Mancasola
President & CEO
The McConnell Foundation