Long-time collaborator explores the impact her work has had on the community – Greeley Tribune



I started writing for Windsor Now !, a sister publication of the Greeley Tribune, in 2006.

We had moved to Windsor in 2005 and while reading the two area newspapers I noticed that the Windsor Beacon had a columnist named Gary Crist who wrote articles on mental health issues. I appreciated that Windsor Now has a presence in the community, and as a psychotherapist in the area, I felt there was a need for important information in the psychosocial area.

Sandi Squicquero

Tom Fasano was then editor and reporter for Windsor Now. With a passion for mental health therapy and little writing experience, I one day walked into his office and the rest is history.

Therapy and mental health are made up of a person’s life stories. The stories are about hope, treatment and healing. By communicating information about the ever-changing field of mental health and covering community events, my passions began to form and emerge.

In the archives

Every narrative article I have written is formed from reflections, knowledge, and the need to provide information and advice to those who wish to be helped in determining their future course in life. While showcasing local events and the importance of the holidays, I felt a sense of community and bringing families and people together.

Reflecting on my writing for Windsor Now and the Greeley Tribune, an event that changed many of the lives of our northern Colorado citizens was the May 22, 2008 tornado.

This tornado would cause irreparable damage that would reverberate for years to come. Lives have been shattered and changed. The memories of violent weather, of snowballs like hail, wind, rain and finally the train like the roar that shook our world still haunts us today.

In a 2009 article titled “Damaged, Changed But Not Beaten,” I wrote about the aftermath of the tornado and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The Windsor Community Foundation has set aside funds for free counseling for those affected and I have formed a team of counselors to help me help individuals, families and children in need of psychotherapy and support.

Samantha Lehmann, then 9, of Loveland, sits outside a friend’s house while helping with the cleanup in Windsor in May 2008 after a tornado swept through Windsor and County Weld. Residents were allowed to return home two days after the storm ravaged the area. (Tribune archive photo)

During the tornado and its aftermath, many organizations helped our community to include Windsor Police and Fire Services, Windsor Optimist Club, Rotary Club of Windsor, Weld Food Bank, Red Cross, House Windsor Trade Union and many other organizations that I haven’t mentioned.

In 2009, in the article “Give Me Print Media“, I wrote about the life and death of three young people who lived in Windsor: Lauren Johnson died of carbon monoxide poisoning, David Crider died of cancer and Hunter Nelson a one year old who lost his life to Sturge-Webber syndrome.

Hunter dreamed of a cure which his parents Rob and Wendy Nelson turned into a charity in 2001. As we read the newspaper articles about these people, their lives and the people who loved them, they were introduced to us and we were together. felt like we were part of their life.

Another event of interest was our Windsor High School Marching Band performing for the Presidential Inauguration in 2009. What an honor and a momentous occasion for our students, their families and our city.

The old Windsor Now! office storefront in downtown Windsor. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

Not all of my articles have a happy ending. Serious chronic illnesses, cancer, depression, and suicide are high on my list because they are critical clinical issues. Therapists are dedicated to finding options and answers for patients with emotional pain. How to speak, educate and write about end-of-life issues and the disease that results from them should be done with great care.

Have my articles had an impact on the community? If so, how?

Sometimes we make an impact and contribute by listening to our inner voice and seeing where self-examination takes us. I am a champion of mental health and because of my articles, various organizations in our community have asked me to speak about mental health issues.

The best comments come from YOU. Often times someone asks me if I am writing in the Tribune and congratulates me on a job well done. I am honored.

I want to thank those present and past who contributed to my work and believed in what I wrote. My editor Jerry Martin and creative page designer Brian Sathe. My former editors, Randy Bangert, Dan England, Tom Fasano and David Theiman. My advertising advisers, Desirea Martinez and Cristin Peratt. And, last but not least, my readers.

Greeley Tribune archive photo

Congratulations, Greeley Tribune, for a job well done!

– Sandi Y. Squicquero M.Ed, .LPC, is a Certified Professional Counselor who works at the Hypnosis and Medical Counseling Center at 1180 Main Street, Suite 5B in Windsor. She has over 30 years of experience as a counselor and is certified in medical hypnosis.


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