Recently returned to Maine after nine years of living in Glasgow, Scotland, Norrie brings a breadth of partnership experience to Electricity Maine’s Power to Help program. Prior to moving to Scotland Norrie served as director of workplace education programs for USM’s Center for Workplace Learning (CWL). Many of these programs involved developing collaborative partnerships between businesses, non-profit training providers and CWL to provide skills development opportunities for entry level employees across a variety of occupational sectors.
Because Norrie has both US and UK citizenship, working in Scotland presented no problems. During her first year she was employed in the non-profit world assisting individuals with disabilities in their search for employment. Subsequently she worked for Glasgow’s Community Learning Strategy Partnership in a newly created position developing and managing workplace literacy programs across the city of Glasgow (pop. 600K). As a result of a very successful project with the largest police force in Scotland, Strathclyde Police, her final Scottish job was with that very same police force as a leadership training specialist! To provide a break from a very intense job, Norrie auditioned for and was accepted by, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus.
Norrie is delighted to be back in Maine, where she moved to from Boston in 1979! She is actively involved with her alma mater, the University of Southern Maine, representing the adult education community on the advisory board of the School of Education and Human Development. In 1993 she obtained her Masters in Adult Education, which led her down new paths in pursuit of supporting people and organizations to accomplish their goals. Being part of Electricity Maine’s Power to Help program is a continuation along that path.