Meet Bethany Knight, candidate for alternate on Planning and Zoning Board.
In 2014, I chose to move to Clinton, this sweet town on the Connecticut Riviera, to be near my son and his family, in Madison. Finding affordable housing was a challenge, which is what motivated me this year to be appointed to the Fair Rent Commission and join the Affordable Housing Coalition. I also have been nominated to serve on the town Tree Committee and seek election in November as an alternative to the Planning and Zoning Board.
Unlike long time residents, I do not have a memory of downtown storefronts all being occupied and operational. As a member of the Democratic Town Committee, I have pledged my support to do whatever I can to bring vitality and abundance back to our dear community.
In 1970, at the age of 18, I was selected Kalamazoo (Michigan) Community Ambassador, receiving an all expense paid, three month trip to India to promote world peace. Thus began my lifetime love affair with Mother India and idealistic service as a citizen of the world.
During my many stays in India, I studied yoga and became a certified yoga instructor in the tradition of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. With an Indian friend, I founded One Child at a Time USA, Inc, a nonprofit organization that educates slum children in Hyderabad, India.
Raised in a family that practiced brotherly love and social action, Girl Scouting, the Democratic Party and church life greatly influenced my devotion to the natural world, equality of opportunity and public service. My parents took me to the March on Washington in 1963, as well as numerous Viet Nam protests.
Now more or less retired, I have worked in the private, public, profit and nonprofit sectors in Michigan and Vermont, as an executive, writer and teacher. My interests and passions led me to careers in ministry, long term care, politics, print and broadcast journalism. Several of my books, written for health care workers and yoga students, are available on Amazon.
A mother and grandmother, my spiritual life dictates the well being of every person in need is my concern. My prayer is that everyone who is able to share her or his resources, time and talent with the world’s most needy will do so, increasing the presence of peace and plenty on the planet. Let there be peace and plenty on earth, and let it begin in Clinton, today.
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