This is our second installment in this week’s series, which has been shining the spotlight on some of our inspirational franchisees and the impressive work they’ve done and continue to do for their communities.
Introducing: Lesley Mills.
Advocate for Senior Rights
Lesley, an Englishwoman by birth and one of the first women to attend Yale as an undergraduate, is the Director of six Connecticut Griswold Home Care offices. She was drawn to Griswold in 1993 after caring for her grandfather in his home. Since then, she has become a fierce advocate for the rights of the elderly and is well known in the legislative halls of Hartford and Washington.
With the assistance of one of her live-in caregivers, Lesley takes care of her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. She has been published by a range of publications and has been the keynote speaker nationally and internationally for state medical societies, state hospital associations and the World Health Organization.
Advocate for Aspiring Writers
Lesley hosted Tea for Two, a public affairs radio show on CBS-owned WQUN, for 10 years and formed the LifeTales foundation, which funds and trains aspiring writers who document oral histories and write short stories. The Yale School of Nursing even renamed their Creative Writing Awards based on nurses’ journals in her honor!
Advocate for Women in Business
As the former Connecticut president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a current board member of The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and The Universal Health Care Foundation — not to mention the recipient of a flurry of awards and honors — Lesley is an inspiration for every woman (and man, for that matter) who wants to dream big and make those dreams a reality.
But incredible accomplishments and prestigious positions aside, Lesley is the perfect example of success driven by compassion. It’s glaringly obvious that senior rights and quality, affordable home care for the elderly are close to her heart, and her heart is always in the driver’s seat for every goal she sets and challenge she takes.
Thank you Lesley for all that you do each and every day to build and bolster your community and the communities you touch.
Our next post shines the spotlight of our appreciation, regognition and respect on Bobby Crider, who is taking big steps for suicide prevention — literally. Check back soon or subscribe to read his story!