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Published on December 21, 2021

Cape Wellness Collaborative welcomes new leader

Abby Field CWC

Taking the reins as the new executive director at Cape Wellness Collaborative is personal for Abby Field.

“Two of my dearest female friends, who are about my age, are battling with cancer,” she said. “They are mothers and they've lived incredibly healthy lives. Why this person? I've had other friends and close acquaintances who have gone through it. I'm not sure who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way, so the CWC mission is very special to me, very meaningful and important.”

Cape Wellness Collaborative (CWC) provides funding for integrative therapies (including massage, acupuncture, Reiki and nutrition counseling) for people facing cancer on the Cape and Islands. More than 1,200 clients have been assisted since the organization was founded in 2014.

Field started in October, when she became the second executive director at the non-profit. CWC founder and former executive director Sarah Swain led the organization for its first seven years.

“I'll never replace Sarah, but I'd like to continue on the work that she started,” said Field, 37. “She and I have talked about the fact that as similar as we are as people in many ways, we have some different tools in our toolbox. I hope to bring a fresh perspective and some new energy to the effort. Sarah is a big part of the incredible culture of empathy and compassion of this organization, and that's an important piece to carry forward.”

Field comes to CWC after six years with Pleasant Bay Community Boating, a nonprofit based in Harwich that offers sailing and marine-science education opportunities to everyone.

“An interesting tie between what I'm doing now and what I was doing is that sailing contributes to wellness. We were trying to get people of all ages out in the fresh air doing something stimulating, healthy, rejuvenating, and calming,” Field said.

“My efforts there were engaging our local families and some not-so-local families out on the water and funding as much of that as we could for people who needed the financial assistance. So, the similarities between the groups are connecting people to activities and services that are going to improve their quality of life and making the access as simple as possible for them.”

Field said the need for CWC’s services has been clearly established.

“There are always more people on the Cape and islands who need help,” she said. “I'm hoping to make sure that each of our programs is quite resilient as far as how they're funded, organized, staffed, and marketed.”

In a CWC press release, Swain said, “It has truly been the honor of my life to have led CWC over the last seven years. Cape Wellness Collaborative will always be a part of my life and my heart, and I hope you will continue to join me in supporting this incredible organization in its ongoing effort to help anyone and everyone in our community facing cancer, feel better.

“Now is the perfect time for Abby Field, with her extensive non-profit experience and passion for the CWC mission, to lead this organization into the future.”