The votes are in and we’re proud to announce the winners of our 1st Annual Prevention Honors! We asked the community to nominate individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond to support substance prevention efforts in the Lamoille Valley. Our honorees represent the full engagement of the Healthy Lamoille Valley coalition across individuals, businesses, organizations, and volunteer collaborations as we work together towards our common goal of reducing youth substance misuse and encouraging youth to make substance free healthy choices. Awards will be presented at our next virtual Coalition Meeting on November 3rd, 2020. For more information and to register, please visit www.healthylamoillevalley.org/nov-coalition-2020.
Youth Prevention Champion
Recognizing Andi Tisdell for her excellent work on the Lamoille Area Youth Council and key involvement in prevention projects including working with Up for Learning’s Getting to Y school initiative and serving as a Getting to Y youth state trainer. Andi has taken a leadership role in the Healthy Lamoille Valley coalition and was part of the coalition’s youth delegation to CADCA’s National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C..
Individual Prevention Champion
Celebrating Suzanne Masland for her role in helping Healthy Lamoille Valley increase visibility and receive the Drug Free Communities Grant, including serving as chair of the Healthy Lamoille Valley Steering Team. Suzanne has worked tirelessly for many years in public health and retired this year as District Director of the Morrisville Local Health Office. We wish Suzanne all the best as she enjoys retirement!
Community Prevention Champion
Honoring the North Central Vermont Recovery Center and Director Daniel Franklin. As Daniel says, “Recovery is prevention!” He has engaged new partners to help expand services for those recovering from substance use disorders while increasing the community visibility of the linkages between treatment, recovery, and prevention. The North Central Vermont Recovery Center is a Gold Level 3-4-50 partner with the Vermont Department of Health, showing a dedication to promoting health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.
Business Prevention Champion
We thank Riverbend Market and store owner Tim Monaghan for being a steady friend and partner in prevention over the years. Highlights include replacing a large in-store alcohol mural with one promoting healthy activity, displaying youth photovoice exhibits, participating in the Lamoille Area Youth Council’s 2020 Sticker Shock campaign, consulting on the creation of educational material for retailers, and proactively making the decision not to sell flavored vape products.
Prevention Program Champion
The Lamoille North Parent Cafe Series was developed this year as a response to the pressures placed on families in our community by COVID-19. We honor the staff of Lamoille Union Middle and High School who, along with Healthy Lamoille Valley and other community partners, quickly mobilized to design and implement support for parents, making this program a success through their strong collaboration.