Essex Junction Recreation and Parks (EJRP) recently announced the hire of Brian Roy as its new assistant director. Roy replaces Mark Brislin, who served in the role for seven years before accepting a position as director in Claremont, New Hamp. Roy’s duties will include managing the Maple Street Pool, community gardens, special events and Aspire community studio. He will also supervise the program coordinator and office coordinator at EJRP.
Roy brings a broad array of experiences to the position. He has a master’s degree in school counseling and has spent more than 10 years working at YMCA Camp Abnaki in North Hero, holding positions as waterfront director, program director and assistant director. He has also served as the program director at YMCA Camp Cristina in Florida and YMCA Camp Lincoln in New Hampshire — a camp that serves 500 campers daily. Roy recently worked in the Campo Family YMCA in Florida, where he managed teen and youth programs, fitness classes and the preschool rooms.
Roy grew up in Essex Junction and is looking forward to returning. “What was most apparent about Brian’s candidacy was his passion and enthusiasm for our community,” noted Deb Carlin, Chair of the Recreation Advisory Council and member of the hiring committee. “During his interview, he was clearly proud of being from here and demonstrated a genuine desire to serve our community.”
EJRP received 40 applications for the position, which was listed with the National Parks and Recreation Association, SevenDays, SchoolSpring and all of the state parks and recreation associations in New England. A seven person hiring committee reviewed the applications and interviewed seven finalists.
“Brian really stood out to us as being the complete candidate. He has some very relevant experiences in his work at residential camps and YMCAs,” said Brad Luck, director at EJRP. “The roles and responsibilities of the assistant director are so varied, and Brian’s work creating and running programs, managing waterfronts, supervising staff and engaging with families, showed us that he is well versed in this line of work. We are confident he can hit the ground running as we get ready for our busy summer season.”
Roy is expected to begin his tenure on March 10.