The clinical team, including the onsite staff, facilitators and wellness providers were fortunate to have Dr. Bob Cooper speak at our March supervision meeting. Dr. Cooper is a recently retired oncologist from Praxair Cancer Center, a long time board member and was instrumental in the founding of Ann’s Place. He spoke about Immunotherapy, one of the promising new cancer treatments which helps our immune system identify and fight cancer cells. We are so grateful for Dr. Cooper’s presence with us and his willingness to share his knowledge and expertise.
Marie Borner and Scott Cooney of Coldwell Banker presented Ann's Place with a check for $962 on January 13. Coldwell Banker Cares is a program in which local real estate agents donate a small portion of commission to go to a charity. This year they chose Ann's Place.
Marie Borner is a dedicated Ann's Place volunteer and has worked on Festival of Trees since its debut 13 years ago.
In December 2015, 64 volunteers from Ann’s Place wrapped books and gifts at Barnes and Noble in Danbury at the annual Gift Wrapping Fundraiser.
Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time during the busy holidays to wrap gifts, and to represent Ann’s Place with such dedication, fun and enthusiasm. Thank you to Barnes and Noble for allowing Ann’s Place volunteers to be there once again this year. And thank you to all the customers for all of your donations and generosity. All of this in the spirit of giving, and giving back.
Joe started the first Hatha Yoga class in October 1997, when Ann's Place was located in Peacock Alley. The Tuesday night Hatha Yoga class is still active today, additionally Joe now offers a Chair Yoga class (more suitable for seniors) on Fridays. Additionally he helped form the men's prostate cancer group in 1998.
Joe is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher. He has been teaching Hatha Yoga (Bodily Postures) and Raja Yoga (Yogic Philosophy) since the early seventies. His teaching experience includes a wide variety of volunteer classes, including those for mentally challenged adults, classes at Regional Hospice, and classes for both male and female inmates in the State and Federal Prison System. Joe has also taught yoga to young people of all ages up through the college level and several Adult Education Programs in the greater Danbury area. Through the years he has been invited to speak on the topics of Hatha Yoga (Yoga postures), Raja Yoga (Yoga Philosophy), Laughter Yoga and Yoga for stress management.
Joe's Yoga teaching philosophy is a simple combination of slow, steady, stress less and comfortable Hatha Yoga Poses, breath control, laughter yoga, deep relaxation and meditation practices. All of these yoga techniques, practiced over time, are designed to help people expand their practice, to build strength and steadiness, and to feel rejuvenated and calm. After learning these yoga practices, people are in a much better position to make comfortable positive lifestyle changes. When practiced sincerely, these yoga movements will help the practitioner change the way they think and feel, and help them move forward to maintain their natural condition of a healthier body. Finally, by practicing these movements, a person will eventually translate into getting control over, and creating, a much more peaceful mind.