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New Fraser rec coordinator settles in

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News
Stephanie Miller / Sky-Hi Daily NewsJanelle Vincent moved to Fraser from Miami to become the new school-age programmer and special events coordinator at Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District.
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Janelle Vincent, 22, is the new school-age programmer and special events coordinator at Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District.

Vincent lives in Granby and moved to Grand County from Miami, Fla., on Jan. 1. She graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Miami with a degree in sports entertainment and event management.

She had an internship at City Hollywood, a recreation center in Florida, where she helped coordinate special events for thousands of adults.

Vincent is working on the upcoming fifth annual Daddy/Daughter Dance, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 9. She also does after-school programs with children Monday through Thursday, where she provides games, arts and crafts, computers and sports.

1. So, what was your first impression of Grand County?

Well, I drove up from Miami, and when I arrived in Denver, Berthoud Pass was closed. So I had to stay at a Holiday Inn. I celebrated New Year’s in a hotel. It was fun.

2. Have you ever been in Winter Park? Why did you move?

When I was 12 … It’s been a while. I got tired of Miami ” it’s too expensive, too big. And the violence was getting worse, and closer to home.

3. What do you think of living here so far?

Compared to Miami, it’s really small (laughs). Once it warms up, I’ll get used to it. The kids here are great ” I went from Miami “ghetto kids” to kids who actually say “thank you” and “please.” They don’t curse. I love it.

4. What are you goals with this new job?

I’m trying to learn as much as I can, for my own knowledge. I’m also trying to have more cultural (programs), more arts and crafts. I want to get a couple new programs after school, and I’m looking for different field trips for the summer activities.

I’m also learning a different style of life, since I’ve never lived in a small town. It’s something different, let me tell you.

5. Do you play any sports?

The last time I skied was when I was 12, but I have plans to get back into it. (The Rec District) is trying to get me to learn before the field trip in March, where we take kids skiing (laughs). I used to play hockey and tennis. Well, street hockey. It’s ice hockey up here.

6. What have you enjoyed most so far?

Everything. Everything’s different. The snowstorms I could live without. When I got up here, it was the first time for me driving in the snow. But it’s getting better.


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