In January 2002, in response to identified needs in the community, 11 collaborating partners in the Bangor region developed and implemented a plan to offer effective workforce wellness to business members of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. They recognized that employers need to provide health education and incentives to change unhealthy behaviors and to focus on long-term health improvements that benefit both employees and their companies.
In 2003, the Bangor Region Wellness Council (BRWC), a non-profit affiliate of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, was created by and for the business community to provide leadership, guidance, and support to area businesses to develop or enhance workplace wellness initiatives to help Maine people attain healthier lifestyles.
One of the original collaborationg partners suggested a national affiliation with the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), a non-profit association that offers companies nationwide, a program of best practices for employee health promotion. Using the workplace as the foundation, WELCOA had built a framework that allows American employees to live healthier, more productive lives.
We represent an innovative approach to hold the line on healthcare cost at their origin, specifically the unhealthy lifestyles of employees and their families. In 2006, thanks to the efforts of BRWC, the Bangor Region was designated the first "Well Region" in the nation by the Wellness Council of America.
In 2013 we began our relationship with a new national partner, the National Wellness Institute, out of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. Our members receive dual membership consisting of online resources, regional, and state events with the benefit of supporting regional wellness activities and efforts.
The success of Wellness Council of Maine comes from the business leaders who put time, energy, and resources toward making this a healthier region for everyone. The decision-making is shared. The resources are shared. The success is shared. WLMCE is proud to mark 2013 as our 11th year working to improve the health of Maine businesses.
Roxane Dubay is the Executive Director for the Wellness Council of Maine, and oversees all membership relations, events and program development. She comes to the Wellness Council of Maine from the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center, where she served as Lead Fitness Instructor. Previously, Roxane worked at the Bangor and Old Town YMCAs, including as Fitness Director in Bangor. Additionally, she ran a small business, Women's Fitness Studio in Brewer, for 10 years, including 5 years as the owner. Roxane has a bachelor's degree in speech communication from the University of Maine and serves on the RSU #34 school board. She lives in Old Town with her family.
The Wellness Council of Maine is a Program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce:
208 Maine Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Executive and Steering Committee Members
Chair: Paige Allen, Community Health and Counseling Services
Treasurer: Glenn Mower, Bangor Letter Shop
Mike Bennett, Cianbro Corporation
Penny Townsend, Cianbro Corporation
Alice Dyer, Cross Insurance Agency
Earl Black, Better Homes and Gardens, the Masiello Group
John Porter, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Statewide Steering Committee
Justin Allen, Employee Health Solutions, Small Business Chair
Barbara Bonetti, CIGNA
Christopher Jacques, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Emily Bugbee, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Ellie Udeh, Occupational Medical Consulting, Awards Chair
Susan Chaar, Concentra Medical Centers
Jaime Laliberte, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
Maureen LaSalle, St. Joseph's College of Maine
Paul Hammond, St. Joseph Healthcare, Events Chair
Jillian Ingerson, HO Bouchard
Darcy Walsh, the Aroostook Medical Center
Stephanie Harvie, LL Bean
Penny Townsend, Cianbro Corporation
Ben Billings, the Jackson Laboratory, Vice Chair
Danielle Louder, MaineGeneral
Susan Berry, Maine Dept. of Education
Phil DiRusso, MaineGeneral Workplace Health
John Porter, BRCC, Sponsorship Chair
Paige Allen, CHCS, Membership Chair
Glenn Mower, Bangor Letter Shop