We are not just Board Members; we are Mountain Movers
I will never forget the moment I first heard about CAA. Jeremy, a participant in my FITBuddies group at FIT in Los Altos, came running in one afternoon shouting, “Jen, I am going to college!!” I returned his excitement and then asked him where. He responded, “Far, far away.” Needless to say, I was extremely happy to learn that “far, far away” meant San Jose. Shortly thereafter, Jeremy’s dad. Bill, introduced me to DeAnna Pursai, and the relationship quickly developed. A few months later, I was officially a Mountain Mover.
In the early days of CAA, DeAnna decided that she did not want to call us “Board Members” and that “Mountain Movers” more accurately described the goal: to move mountains for adults with disabilities. My first reaction was that it was a fun, cute way to describe the Board and those who were involved in CAA. Every time something exciting happened—a new grant awarded, new students, new community partnerships and events—an e-mail is sent with a title such as, “the mountain just moved” or “that mountain just creaked.” After spending a little time at CAA, one quickly realizes that Mountain Movers is much more than a creative way of referring to CAA’s board.
Whether you are a board member, professor, staff, student, parent, volunteer or donor, you are a Mountain Mover. This term does not identify one particular role; it identifies an entire community. The Board alone can’t move the mountain; neither can a student nor professor nor staff member nor volunteer. It takes an entire Mountain Moving community and that is exactly what DeAnna and Pamela have built.
The term Mountain Mover has also created an equitable relationship among all who are involved with CAA. As CAA’s Board Chair, my role is not more important than that of a staff member or a volunteer because we are all on this mountain together with a firm understanding that it only moves when we work together....