Lillian works to build community prosperity by weaving together people and ideas from diverse areas. She is an advocate for several important political and social causes, presenting and writing on human trafficking, caring for caregivers and local food. She believes building community is about justice, environment, sustainability, retreat and that collaboration, cooperation, and communication is key to thriving local and global communities. Overall success lies in empowering individuals.
Noting that local is not just about miles, Lillian tirelessly works to promote local and global community development that is affordable, sustainable and just through speaking engagements; writing, policy development and consulting.
Community development is a work of social activism. There are many ways to take participate and Lillian serves up those suggestions with passion, enthusiasm, and warmth.
Lillian is a food columnist. Drawing from personal experience and community stories, she writes about food from the perspective of farming, environmental concerns; justice, recipes and budgeting. She is currently working on two books, “Caring for the Caregiver” and “The Emotional Trauma of Food”.
When Lillian is not working with clients, engaging communities; writing, and helping other people, she spends time with family and friends – sometimes lingering over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Her friends know her for describing coffee as one might describe wine; although, often waxing into issues of fairtrade, climate change and sustainability! She also enjoys reading, running, Pilates and visiting museums.
- Board Member – United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
- Advisory Board – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Service (SAPARS)
- Western Mts. Obesity Task Force
- Former School Board Director – RSU9
- Past District President General Federation of Women’s Clubs
- Member – Non-profit Advisory Board; Eat Maine Foods; Franklin County Community College Network; Community Works; RSU9 Wellness Committee; University of Maine at Farmington Sustainable Campus Coalition; Maine Fiddlehead Festival: Local Food Day; Maine Network of Community Food Council; University of Maine at Farmington Farm and Agriculture Steering Committee