Who Is Salley Gibney?

Throughout my life, I have realized the importance of a personal, caring connection, of knowing someone cares and the hope that comes with each caring connection we make. I believe this is where we find our common ground.

Like so many women, I have worn many hats as a wife, mother, “Grammy”, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, nurse, entrepreneur, volunteer and a TV host at two local cable TV stations.

Like each of you, I have experienced many joys…my family, friends and a profession I loved. I have also experienced losses…the loss of, my father, when I was twelve, my mother as an adult, my husband (the love of my life) to ALS, and others very close to me. But thankfully, I have not experienced the loss of a child which has to be the greatest loss of all. I struggled with alcoholism but gratefully became sober many years ago with the help of AA and many amazing people.

I grew up on Long Island, New York, one of six children. I attended St Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Greenwich Village, New York in the sixties. I worked as a nurse in the fields of Pediatrics, Emergency Room, Hospice, Geriatrics and Medical Case Management. I started two businesses: “Colors by Salley” and “Gem Dandies”, a costume jewelry business. I sold real estate. And have volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations. One of my most rewarding experiences has been sharing the Caring Coins with their messages “I Matter, You Matter” and “You are never alone” reminding people that each one of us does matter.

Through the years and my many experiences, I have been blessed to know and love many people with very different backgrounds, many facing multiple struggles of all kinds. This has given me some insights and hopefully some understanding of the struggles we each can face.

I truly do believe that each one of us does matter…

This is a very challenging time for each of us. A time when we can feel disconnected in one way or another. There seems to be a straight line that is dividing us. But there is always hope because every straight line can become a circle which can bring us together. This happens when we listen to, hear and share with each other our concerns, hopes and dreams for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. And we mustn’t forget the memories, the joys and the laughter. This is where we find our common ground.

I invite you to join me in finding our common ground!

We are all in this together!!!

Salley has recently been honored to be chosen one of the Four Finalists in the Remarkable Women of Rhode Island.

A message from Salley…

“I am so humbled and honored to be chosen as one of the candidates for “Remarkable Women”. This is not about me, it’s about the “I Matter. You Matter” message, a message we all need today.

I am merely a messenger of this important message. Being a part of “Remarkable Women” has enabled me to share this message just as each of you do as you share your caring with acts of kindness. Each of us is a “Remarkable Person”!