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Cynthia McGann Receives First-Ever Heart of Darien Award

Jun 05, 2019 11:45AM ● By Hannah Ott

Heart of Darien Award Winner Cynthia McGann stands with supporters after receiving the award from the City Council. (Image @joe.marchese.96)

Darien - The City of Darien City Council announced its “Heart of Darien Award” winner on June 3. Cynthia McGann, Executive Director at Good Worx Inc., received the award at the meeting.
Cynthia McGann, Executive Director at Good Worx Inc., received this first ever Heart of Darien Award. Image: @joe.marchese.96

“We had the opportunity to honor Cynthia McGann for her wonderful work with the Sunny Patch Farm Project,” Mayor Joe Marchese shared.  

As part of the Good Worx commitment to raising awareness about local and global issues, McGann started the Sunny Patch Farm to engage the Darien community with agriculture.
Shane, a farm hand, poses with the farm's Leghorn chicken, Dewey. Image:

Sunny Patch has a focus on sustainability, education (especially for young adults and youth with special needs) and ending hunger in the community.

McGann notes on the farm’s website that it will “showcase and teach sustainable agricultural practices. Foods grown here will be shared with neighbors struggling to access garden fresh foods.”
Ainsley, a Darien student with special needs, smiles with McGann after learning how to plant bulbs. Image:

McGann is the first recipient of the Heart of Darien Award. The City of Darien City Council created the new award to show its appreciation for those who "have improved our overall living environment and have enhanced our ability to make Darien ‘a nice place to live.’”

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