Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

News

Honoring the Life of Mariah McGill


It is with deep sadness that our team at BBF honors the passing of our friend and colleague, Mariah McGill. We are heartbroken to share that on October 26, 2020, while a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk on Route 100 near her home in Waitsfield, Mariah was struck by a car and succumbed to her injuries. We extend our deepest sympathies to Mariah’s family and will support them in any way we can as they grieve the loss of their incredible mother, partner, sister, and daughter.

Mariah was the newest member of the Building Bright Futures family and network of over 300 early childhood partners statewide. She was hired as a Regional Coordinator to support the Lamoille and Central Vermont Regional Councils to identify gaps and develop strategies to improve the well-being of children and their families. 

Upon first meeting Mariah, we were impressed by her skills and training, her dedication and kindness, as well as her potential for leadership. We were thrilled when Mariah joined our team and had just begun to integrate her tremendous expertise and passion to our work strengthening the early childhood system in Vermont.

During her time at BBF, Mariah brought a thoughtful approach to learning about the organization and her new role. As the former Director of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI) at the Snelling Center for Government, and previously serving as the Assistant Director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University in Boston, Mariah’s experience allowed her to seamlessly transition into her role, making astute observations and immediately make an impact in the early childhood community statewide. Her legal and research expertise as well as her passion for human rights, brought a new perspective to our work. 

Separate from Mariah’s professional career and expertise, our team is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about the amazing woman Mariah was outside of work through our weekly team wellness check-ins. Her love for her daughter, husband, and extended family was so strong. She shared wonderful stories of family holidays and baking with her daughter, swimming in local swimming holes, and exploring all that Vermont’s beauty has to offer. 

Mariah was a brilliant and passionate colleague who will be truly missed by our BBF team and within the early childhood community.

In gratitude,

The Building Bright Futures Team

PS-Mariah’s friends and family established a fundraising page to support her family [link]

Similar Blog

Blog

February 22, 2021

Opportunities to inform early childhood development and education policy – survey and recording now available

Building Bright Futures’ (BBF) mission is to improve the well-being of children and families in Vermont by using evidence to inform policy and bringing voices together across sectors and within regions to discuss critical challenges and problem-solve. Alongside the production of 4 statewide early childhood reports and resources, BBF’s network infrastructure captures and produces the […]

Read More

Blog

February 1, 2021

Reporting to the Legislature the State of Vermont’s Children and Families

In our advisory role, BBF is committed to presenting the most up-to-date data on the status of children, families, and the early childhood system. Just as important, is BBF’s ability to capture and produce the perspectives from families as well as early childhood professionals across all sectors quickly and efficiently. This information gathering efforts allow […]

Read More

Blog

January 25, 2021

Early Childhood and Family Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Early childhood and family mental health is the foundation of all future child development. Children’s mental health during public health emergencies can have both short- and long-term consequences to their overall health and wellbeing. This includes the capacity to experience, regulate and express emotion, form close, secure relationships, and to explore the environment and learn. […]

Read More

Stay up to date on News + Events.

Please check your email for a confirmation email.