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Executive Director Announced

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WisconSibs Board announces Ann Sickon as
Executive Director

The WisconSibs, Inc Board of Directors is excited to announce Ann Sickon (sigh’-kon), of Middleton, as the second Executive Director of WisconSibs, Inc.

Sickon was most recently the Executive Director, and then the Senior Executive Advisor of the Center for Independent Futures (CIF),Evanston, IL, an Illinois-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating innovative product and service models that give individuals with disabilities and their families the skills and opportunities to realize full lives. Ann has degrees from Loyola University Chicago, University of Michigan-Flint, and Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing.

Having a sister with disabilities herself, Ann brings immense passion and understanding to this position. She is a parent of two adult daughters living in Madison, and a son attending the Cutting Edge Program at Edgewood College. She will fulfill her duties as Executive Director both in Appleton and remotely from Middleton.

Earlier this year, Harriet Redman, who founded the organization 25 years ago announced her retirement as Executive Director. She will continue in an advisory role as Sickon gets acquainted with the operations, participants, and collaborators and serve as the Director of Special Projects part-time. She will continue to advocate with and for siblings, locally and nationally.

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Redman Announces Plan to Retire as WisconSibs Looks to 25th Anniversary

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Harriet holding Don Meyere award

Harriet received the Don Meyer Award honoring her deep commitment to supporting siblings of people with disabilities and her innovative sibling programs and solutions. The award itself was created by artists with developmental disabilities and presented at the national Sibling Leadership Network conference this past summer.

This August begins the 25th year for WisconSibs, Inc. As we look forward to celebrating this milestone, it’s only natural to think about how we started, how far we’ve come, and how we are planning for the future.

Our work started when a handful of volunteers across the Fox Valley connected around a critical, yet overlooked need: providing support to children who were siblings of kids with disabilities. One of those volunteers was Harriet Redman. She and others began offering Sibshops® —workshops for children ages 6-12 designed by Don Meyer of the Sibling Support Project.

Under Harriet’s leadership, the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network was chartered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on July 28, 1998. As we know today, it was the first of its kind in the United States. In 2014 we renamed the organization WisconSibs, Inc to reflect our broader statewide impact. We’ve now grown into a nationally recognized model for supporting siblings of people with disabilities throughout their life-long Sib journey.

A leadership change

As the Board of Directors started its strategic planning in 2020 to develop the next stage of WisconSibs, Inc., Harriet announced that it was time to find the next leader for the organization.

She plans to retire as Executive Director in August, but will continue in an emeritus role to help orient a new director and to cheer on WisconSibs as a loyal supporter to help it reach its full potential.

“I really think of this transition as a celebration of all that has been done, and of all that will come next. The organization has never been stronger and is ready for someone to take it to the next level. I’m looking forward to being helpful in whatever way I can,” says Harriet.

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SibNews – May-July 2022

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SibNews is here!

Click for the May-July issue of SibNews

This issue of SibNews includes:

  • The Givens sisters and the game Paige created to help people with disabilities learn how to manage money.
  • An article announcing leadership changes for WisconSibs as the Executive Director looks to retire
  • Recipe for “The World of PosSIBility Burgers”
  • WisconSibs Calendar
  • and more!

 


SibNews – Jan – March 2022

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SibNews Now Available

SibNews for Jan-March 2022January-March 2022 – Volume 20, Issue 1 contains:

  • Summer Camps Full of Outdoor Adventure
  • NEW!  Book Club for Adult Siblings – WisconSibs READ
  • A World of PosSIBility for You!
  • Annual Sibs Are My Peeps Contest Announced
  • PLUS – Calendar of events and opportunities…and MORE!

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SibNews – Dec 2020-Feb 2021

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SIBNEWS COVER - DEC 2020Click to download your newest issue of SibNews

Inside:

  • Young siblings use grateful to build resilience
  • Grandmother tells how she sees her sibling grandchildren
  • Allergy-friendly soup recipe
  • CALENDAR of 2021 events, including Sib Camps
  • Sibling Voices: Stories of Hope
  • More!

SibNews – September 2020

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  • Meet Cate Ellis, a senior at UW-Oshkosh, and learn her story of struggle and triumph as a sister.

 

  • Find out what Kelly of Waterford wishes she had known before her sister with a seizure disorder was hospitalized.

 

  • Enjoy photos from SibDays of Summer and Teen Sib Leadership activities this summer.

This issue was written and designed by our Sibling Summer Interns, Zoe and Randy. Get to know them, along with our new Youth Coordinator on page 4. CLICK TO READ NOW

NOTE: This issue does not contain our usual Calendar of Events. Continue to watch for website, Facebook, and email announcements to get the latest updates.

 


Special SAFER AT HOME SibNews for you

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This special issue of SibNews features WisconSibs locked down during “safer at home” orders. DOWNLOAD NOW

 

  • Hear Courtney, a teacher and a mother of 3 siblings, tell how her family has changed during the lock down.

 

  • Be inspired by Stephenie Mlodzik’s siblings revealing rainbows in the clouds.

 

 

PLUS

  • High school and college WisconSibs tell it like it is in “What Siblings Would Like Parents to Know During This Pandemic”
  • Fresh Chive Soup recipe
  • MORE

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WisconSibs Events during May Quarantine

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During “Safer at Home” WisconSibs will continue to offer programs virtually, using Zoom.

For children ages 8-12
growing up with siblings with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses.

To register, click HERE. Just register once and be able to join us for any or all of these events:

May 2   at 2 pm  Sib-Day for Games
May 9   at 2 pm  Sibshop
May 16 at 2 pm  Sib-Day for Games
May 23 at 2 pm  Sibshop

For teens and young adults
Join us any Tuesday at 8 pm for conversation and games with other sibs.

To register, click HERE.

For adult siblings
Join us for our 3rd Thursday Sibling Survival Conversations – May 21.

To register, click HERE.

WATCH FOR MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PROGRAMS BECOMING AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY.