The Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs has selected Sen. Michael McLachlan to receive its 2013 Legislator of the Year award.
The award will be presented at the YMCA Leaders Annual Dinner on Tuesday, October 22 at the Courtyard Marriott in Waterbury.
Sen. McLachlan is serving his third term in the Connecticut State Senate, representing the 24th District communities of Danbury, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman. A ranking member on the General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, Sen. McLachlan serves on three other committees: Judiciary, Transportation, and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.
Sen. McLachlan has also spent years working closely with the Catholic Church in Connecticut. In 2005, Bishop William Lori presented Sen. McLachlan with the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Saint Augustine Medal of Service Award for his work at Saint Peter Church in Danbury where he serves as a parish trustee.
“At the State Capitol and throughout the communities he serves, Sen. McLachlan is a strong advocate on behalf of Connecticut YMCAs and our promotion of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs Executive Director John L. Cattelan said. “He is deserving of this recognition, and we look forward to working with him on future issues.”
“I’m honored,” Sen. McLachlan said. “Our YMCAs are powerful advocates for the needs of children, families and individuals throughout Connecticut. I am pleased to have been able to help our YMCAs to better serve their members.”
The State Alliance has 23 Corporate YMCAs in Connecticut, with more than 325,000 members. It serves to positively impact public policy; ensure elected federal, state and local leaders are knowledgeable about the Y’s mission and cause; foster statewide communication, cooperation and consensus on issues important to Connecticut Ys.