Letter: Kudos for Jiminy Peak and Paul Maloney
Jiminy Peak's vice president and chief operating officer, Paul Maloney, will be honored as chairperson for this year's Berkshire County Walk to End Alzheimer's, which takes place on Sept. 23 at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire.
Back in 2011, my husband was struggling with early onset Alzheimer's. While attending Jiminy Peak's fall orientation, he suffered a seizure related to his illness. My children and I were sure this would be the end to a job that he loved performing every winter for many years, but instead of dismissing my husband as a liability, Paul Maloney decided it was the right thing to do to keep him employed as a Mountain Ambassador.
As Craig's dementia worsened, Mr. Maloney continued to find meaningful tasks for him to complete while always ensuring he was given needed accommodations to suit his illness, such as ensuring a fellow employee remained with him at all times so that Craig would not get lost on the mountain, ate an appropriate lunch and was safe and warm. I'm aware that companies must abide by the ADA, but I truly feel that Jiminy Peak went well above and beyond this requirement.
Jiminy Peak gave a man (my husband) a sense of self-worth and purpose in a world that was becoming more confusing and unforgiving to him. My family will forever be grateful to Paul Maloney and Jiminy Peak for the understanding and kindness that was extended to both Craig and our family.
To quote my son, "We walk in the hope that people will gain a sense of understanding for the families battling dementia, the occasional highs and the many lows. Know that you are not alone as there are people out there who understand."
Thank you, Paul Maloney and Jiminy Peak!
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