News

Remembering Mariah McGill on 1 Year Anniversary of her Death


October 26, 2021

Today we remember Mariah McGill, whose life was taken suddenly and much too soon one year ago. Mariah served as a Regional Coordinator for BBF and contributed as a keen leader, advocate, and problem solver in other roles throughout the community. Mariah joined the BBF team in September 2020 and was ebullient with her passion about improving the lives of children and families in Vermont. A year after her passing, we send love to her family, friends and the greater early childhood community who both shared in her inspiration and in the gap left by her death. In her spirit, we carry on to make true and lasting change.


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

Similar Blog

News

A two-year-old attending a hearing/vision screening with CIS/Early Intervention in Bennington, Vermont
August 16, 2022

Grant applications to Vermont Early Childhood Fund will open Aug. 29

Building Bright Futures is pleased to announce a second round of grants will be available from the Vermont Early Childhood Fund (VECF) to support creative solutions to improve the well-being of children (prenatal-age 8), families, as well as the Vermont communities in which they live.  Each year, BBF Regional Councils, the early childhood experts within […]

Read More

Blog

Infant on belly lifting head and looking at stuffed animal
August 11, 2022

New Data Brief Shows Strengths, Challenges of Children’s Integrated Services in Vermont

Building Bright Futures (BBF) has just released a new data brief, Examining Perspectives of Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) from Families Served by CIS Early Intervention. CIS is a prevention-focused program that provides support for parents or caregivers to understand and advocate for the needs of their children, provides a point person to support care coordination, […]

Read More

Blog

Smiling young child and parent with text "YOU ARE ENOUGH"
July 18, 2022

Planting seeds of hope for recovery from substance use disorder

“Giving people unconditional love each time they fall is so important. Feeling seen at your worst and at your best is so important. Meeting people where they’re at, no matter where they’re at…Just being there for them is just so important.” —Chip, a Vermont parent in recovery who recently spoke on a panel about substance […]

Read More

Stay up to date on News + Events.

Please check your email for a confirmation email.