Friday, September 7, 2012

Bernardsville Library to Honor 2012 Volunteers of the Year

Bernardsville Public Library will honor long-time volunteers Fauzia Burke and Andrea Mastrobattista at a reception in the library hosted by the Board of Trustees on Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 pm.

“Bernardsville Public Library gratefully acknowledges Andrea's and Fauzia's contributions to library programming” said Madelyn English, the Library’s Adult Program Manager, “It is wonderful that we have been able to count on these two ladies offering popular, enriching programs to the community on such a regular, long-term basis."

Fauzia Burke has led Splendid Life Meditation meetings at the Library since 2007 when she began offering the classes in order to introduce others in the community to the benefits of guided meditation. She has a devoted following for her classes which help people manage stress, and be more creative and generally happier. She has also led other programs at the library on social media marketing. Ms. Burke is the founder and President of FSB Associates, the premier Internet marketing firm specializing in creating online awareness for books and authors. Since its inception in 1995, FSB Associates has executed more than two thousand successful book publicity campaigns. A blogger for the Huffington Post, she also runs her own meditation practice. She lives in Bernards Township with her husband and two daughters.

Whenever Andrea Mastrobattista was asked that proverbial interview question, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" the answer always varied a bit. But the sentence that always remained was, "I want to INSPIRE people." Since 2005, she has been doing just that, officially, through her company, Operation INSPIRATION. Ms. Mastrobattista, who was born with Spina Bifida and uses braces, crutches and a wheelchair, facilitates workshops such as "Facing Your Fears," "Transforming Negatives Into Positives" and her latest workshop series, "The University of Can-Do," in which she helps people to fully form their goals and develop a strong can-do attitude for achieving them. Her core belief is that, no matter what circumstances people face, they have the strength and ability to create and live fulfilling and inspiring lives. Ms. Mastrobattista has been leading her workshops at Bernardsville Library since she established her company, and it is one of her favorite venues. "Holding these workshops in this library that I love is the perfect opportunity to give back to my hometown community and do work that fulfills me." She also owns Golden Slipper Productions, creating websites and their corresponding promotional materials for small and mid-sized businesses.

"The library couldn't be as effective as it is without the dedication and volunteerism of people like Andrea and Fauzia," said Donald Burset, President of the Library Board of Trustees. "Their contributions, from many walks of life and areas of expertise, truly make Bernardsville Library a 'world at your doorstep.'"

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