Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word “connection.” It is defined as; a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else. Isn’t that what Blue Ridge is all about?

Whether you are currently very engaged, slightly engaged, or currently inactive with Blue Ridge, I invite you to think back to your time on the mountain. What is it that kept/keeps you coming back; or what is it that has hindered you from remaining engaged?

Connections can mean a lot of different things to people. A connection with BRI provides opportunities to develop meaningful personal relationships with other Ridgers, professional development, continues BRI’s rich history, and even a place where one can find solitude and become more focused before returning to daily work and life. All of these things are at the heart of Blue Ridge; Learn, Lead, Renew.

I invite you to think about your connections to BRI. If you’ve been away for a while, I personally invite you to reconnect with us. If you are a recent Freshperson, make plans to return and deepen your connections.

At the core of BRI, we know connecting with those who are part of our Blue Ridge family helps support the impact of the work you do in your communities. May this time of year be an opportunity to reflect and connect! I encourage you to take a moment to reach out to a fellow Ridger.

As always, don’t hesitate to connect with me. Wishing you a Happy Fall!

With Gratitude,


Allison Gant
Executive Director, BRI