Interview with Business Alliance Partner Tammy Glivinski of Glivinski & Associates Inc

What is your connection to Calmer Choice?

We were engaged by Calmer Choice as the Fiscal Consultants and we oversee all financial activity, including the validation of receipts and disbursements and compliance with funders and government.  Subsequently as we learned more about the organization, we have become business alliance partners and supporters.

 How did you hear about Calmer Choice?

David Troutman introduced me to the organization as they were launching when he came to a workshop hosted by Cape Cod Five Foundation, in which I presented “Fiscal Literacy for Non-Profit Organizations.”  I learned more working with the organization and through press and was very impressed with Fiona’s energy and enthusiasm and also her diligence in managing the organization to Best Business Practices for Non-profits, and in her quest to understand what those are. The outcomes speak for themselves.

What’s your role/work in the community?

Since launching Glivinski & Associates 15 years ago, I have committed my efforts to our local community and participated in several international humanitarian projects.  I have participated in many runs and bike races to raise thousands of dollars for local needs.  I attend nearly every charity event in support of the missions of not only for my clients, but of other non-profits. I also donate my time and skills  as Treasurer for Children's Cove and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and as a board member for the Cape & Islands United Way.  Recently, I have been elected to the board of the Cape Cod Childcare Development to start in 2017.  Also, I volunteer at WeCAN by mentoring Women wanting to be Entrepreneurs.  I coach them in defining their product and business plan and finances. It is quite fun!

In addition, my husband and I  have raised over $25K in the past three years for local charities by offering a Sunset Sailing Cocktail Cruise to charitable organizations and hosting auctions and galas to raise much needed funds.  Also, I just heard that I was selected as this year’s Cape Cod Domestic Violence Shelter’s “Jeans & Jubillee” honoree for volunteerism and I will be honored at their upcoming gala.  I am honored and humbled as so many good women qualify.

What inspired you most about Calmer Choice? 

The engaged staff and board. The significant reach the organization has on young people by collaborating with the schools and other organizations to bring about social behavior that is sometimes unlearned in today’s society, with the family often struggling to meet basic needs in their stressfilled days.  Teaching alternative methods for overcoming diversity, anxiety, stress and hardship will benefit all demographics and age levels. I expect we will see a reduction in teen depression and suicide as a result. 

Do you have a vision for the future of Calmer Choice?

I would love to see adult classes and training on mindfulness so parents and grandparents can learn better social responses and reactions to difficulties and things we don’t always agree with.  I think the philosophy of calmness when facing controversy is a practice that could sweep the nation, maybe the world.  Imagine how the recent election news would have gone, had both parties practiced mindfulness.  It is quite a concept!