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BLAME IT ON Bergen LEADS


Growing up in Bergen County, I benefited greatly from the close knit communities of hard working individuals working together for the common good.  Parents volunteering to coach, lead scouting programs, help out at school and town-wide events, fund raise for community benefit, and welcome in new residents with open arms were all part of the “norm” of my childhood.  From the examples all around me I learned to get involved.  I’ve always had a strong sense that the “they” we like to blame when things aren’t going well is in reality…. “us”!  We can make a difference.

After returning to my hometown of Allendale almost 15 years ago with my husband I have found many ways to volunteer in my community: the Allendale Newcomers Club, multiple School-related organizations, the Womans Club, the Library, the John Fell House, and probably some others as well.  I see it all as an opportunity to make my town a better place, and to repay the debt I owe to those volunteers who came before me.  As an added bonus I’ve made close friends, learned more than I could have ever imagined, and had some fantastic experiences.  It’s not always easy to juggle all the balls of life, but I have a supportive family and group of friends who make it possible for me to (almost always) keep my head above water!




As a member of Bergen Leads Class of 2011 I worked with my cohort to research and learn about Education in Bergen County.  We dug deep!  We found out that Bergen County education is both excellent and expensive, nearly the most expensive place to educate our children in the nation.  We looked for opportunities to save money by sharing services, sharing administration, sharing special education and regular education curriculum development, and more.  After the program was finished, I felt there was more I should be doing, so I ran for (and won!) a seat on the Allendale Board of Education!  I never dreamed of taking an elected position, I definitely Blame it on Bergen Leads, and I couldn’t be happier about it!!

-Gwen Keeble, Class of 2011

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