This spring, Shaping Elizabeth (SE) wished Alane McCahey a happy retirement. Alane has led SE since 2014 and her vision launched SE from an idea into a formidable presence in Elizabeth. The group has grown from seven to 40 organizations with more than 70 individual partners.
As her last SE duty, Alane accepted the New Jersey Library Association’s (NJLA) Library Champion Award. Ally Blumenfeld, Head of Information and Adult Services for the Elizabeth Public Library stated, “It was with deep gratitude that I nominated Shaping Elizabeth for the NJLA’s 2019 Library Service Award. SE consistently included Elizabeth Public Library as key partners and planners, allowing us to offer 45 health programs reaching nearly 900 patrons in 2018. We are indebted to its leadership team for their inclusion, advocacy, and support of the Library as we work together for a healthier community.”