Horizons National has named Nancy von Euler, Executive Director of Horizons at New Canaan Country School, as one of three winners of the annual Horizons Leadership Award. The award honors a Horizons Executive Director or Site Director who contributes both on a local and national level, embodying the spirit of Horizons. Awards were announced at a virtual celebration held on April 15.
“Nancy is in her fourth year as the ED of Horizons at NCCS and has provided experience, expertise and enthusiasm that would be expected of someone who has been with the program for decades. Her leadership has resulted in a successful fundraising program, a thorough strategic plan, inspirational speeches, and endless love and passion for Horizons students” noted Sanny Warner, Board Chair of Horizons at New Canaan Country School.
Nancy’s leadership and ability to pivot and be responsive amid the COVID crisis allowed for an extremely well-attended and successful remote summer program for Horizons students. Her understanding of how hard communities were hit by COVID inspired her to provide the best summer program possible, keeping in mind safety, costs and staff limitations. By diverting funds that would be spent in the cafeteria to grocery gift cards, Horizons families were able to provide some of the meals that the program normally provides each summer.
Nancy’s inspired vision for the program has benefited families through increased programming, financial support, and by bringing Horizons to a greater number of students. Nancy has provided guidance and clear goals for her year-round staff and summer teachers. Her collaboration with the administration of NCCS has garnered her respect from the school community. And her heart for the program has caused her to look beyond the boundaries of NCCS to see how she can support affiliates and programs in the community and throughout the Horizons National Network.