As we say hello to a new year, I am sadly saying goodbye to the CYCA. When I applied for this position, I had no idea what was in store for me in this historic, hip neighborhood. All I knew at the time was that I would have the opportunity to get to know some neighbors and help plan events for them. What I didn’t know was that I would be able to call so many of those neighbors my friends. After over a year and a half of working at the CYCA, even though I don’t live in Cooper-Young, I feel like an honorary CY-er. The neighbors have treated me like family. I have many new numbers in my phone, lunch dates planned, and fond memories to look back on.
During my tenure here, I have learned so much history about this neighborhood, and I have had so many cool experiences from being a representative for all of you. Your passion as a community made me a stronger advocate, a better communicator, and more accountable for my actions. In short, Cooper-Young has made me a better person. Although I am moving up the road to the Orpheum, I won’t be far away. You’ll still see me during happy hour at Alchemy, browsing the shelves at Burke’s, and buying gifts for myself at Cooper-Young Gallery.
Even though leaving is bittersweet, you never really leave family. This community has such a vibrant past and an even brighter future. I hope I could contribute to a piece of that. It’s been so much fun to represent CY, and I always felt it was an honor. Thanks for giving me an unforgettable 18 months. I will never be the same. — Sheree Stubblefield