TRURO – After more than 20 years, Eric Johnson is taking leave of a post that’s become very special to him.
The Onslow resident has been on the Bridges board for 21 years and before that he was a facilitator with the organization which provides domestic violence counselling, research and training for men - and their families - to address issues of violence in their relationships.
“My brother-in-law was a board member too … and everybody knows somebody who has been in this situation or needs help,” said Johnson, 57, of his reasons for getting involved in the organization decades ago.
It’s now time to retire, Johnson said, because “I couldn’t fully commit in the last year and a half and that bothered me.”
Johnson’s responsibilities as a board member included assisting with budgets, being a “sounding board” for projects and fundraising, to name a few.
He’ll miss the people and knowing he’s making a difference, he said, and will be available to volunteer at times.
Before he leaves, Johnson wanted to remind the public that Bridges exists in Truro and support is always needed.
“The population, in general, doesn’t really know we exist because we work so quietly.”
Dan Chriss, chairman of the Bridges board, said Johnson will be missed.
“We will miss his presence because of his long-standing support and his commitment to the principles to helping men who are violent,” said Chriss.
“We appreciate his non-assuming qualities and (ability) to observe and perceptiveness.”
What: Bridges is a domestic violence counselling, research and training institute for men and their families to address issues of violence in their relationships. The service is open to individual, group, couple and family counselling.
Opened in Truro in: 1991
Number of men assisted in the past year: Almost 200
Location: 2-670 Prince Street
Phone number: 897-6665