William Salisbury

William Salisbury

In January 2001, 34-year-old William Salisbury, a Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) student, was one course away from earning a degree in criminal justice. He then suffered a stroke, and spent the next five months in recuperation.

Salisbury was recently presented the Spirit of Inspiration award by Goodwill, a nonprofit organization that helps people overcome barriers to independence, so they can lead full, dignified lives.

The stroke has left him with memory loss, difficulty speaking, and hindered mobility. Salisbury learned how to walk and talk again, and his memory is slowly improving.

Last fall, he returned to NCCC and took a course in public speaking that not only gave him enough credits to receive his degree in general studies in May, but also met the requirements to qualify for membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Salisbury is now pursuing an associate’s degree in business at NCCC and plans to attend the University of Hartford to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business. He also volunteers and works part-time as a receptionist at the Prime Time House in Torrington which assists adults with serious mental illness find pathways back to independence and productivity.

Salisbury was recently presented the Spirit of Inspiration award by Goodwill, a nonprofit organization that helps people overcome barriers to independence, so they can lead full, dignified lives.

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