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Florence Collins: 16 Years of Service to Durand

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Florence first retired from Lockheed Martin after 26 years of service where she received the first Lockheed Martin Moorestown “Citizen of the Year Award”, and now will retire for a second time after 16 years with Durand. She looks forward to spending time with family, enjoying friends and traveling. Florence recalls that her time with Durand has been so enlightening and inspiring. Working in an environment where “there are so many dedicated, loving and wonderful people that pour their hearts out every day to our individuals” has kept her happily at her job!

Working with Ray Cristofoletti, her position expanded to later becoming a Development Coordinator. Florence has been responsible for chairing Casino Night, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, providing administrative support to the Executive Director, orchestrating book signings, interacting with the Parent and Foundation Durand Boards and so much more. The fast-paced, forever changing assignments have made the position very exciting.

Florence has shared, “supporting Ray Cristofoletti, Executive Director of Durand, has allowed me to grow with the agency and he has supported all of my contributions and ideas. I am thankful for my time working with him and all of you here at Durand.”

With a heart for helping people, Florence has spent a lifetime in volunteer work. For 25 years, she volunteered for Contact of Burlington County spending thousands of hours on the phone for the counseling hotline. Her church, Bethel AME, has given her the opportunity to teach Bible classes for over 10 years. Tirelessly, she has also volunteered for the Women’s Prison Ministry at Burlington County Women’s Correctional Institute. Florence loves playing scrabble, bridge, meeting new people and was excited to cross London and Paris off her bucket list of places to visit last year.
With 50 years of marriage, 2 children and 2 grandchildren in Long Beach, CA, Florence states, “my life has been a joyful journey.”

“I wish all of you success and an inspired life as I bid farewell.”
The administrators and staff wish Florence good luck as she officially retires… this time!

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