October 9, 2008
man leaves Concord Y
Mike Norklun of Goffstown is moving on.
The 55-year-old old executive director of the Concord Family YMCA spent his last day at the Y on Friday after eight years on the job. He said he has about 20 job interviews, most with Y programs and other nonprofit organizations. He'd like to remain in state.
"It's kind of a family decision," Norklun said. "I'm looking at other opportunities. I love New Hampshire and I'd like to stay here."
Norklun gave the Concord Y a facelift beyond merely cosmetic renovations. He added Nautilus and cardio equipment, secured a grant to purchase used strength-training gear, and founded clubs for triathlons and surfing.
He also oversaw the growth of the after-school program, which has gone from one to eight sites and now caters to 200 children per week.
Mike Appreciation Day was held Friday at the Y. "You build relationships and you feel good about helping people and reaching goals," Norklun said. "I'll be gone, but these kids will be doing triathlons forever."