• Community Coalition Recognizes Leadership In Preventing Substance Use

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    December 31, 2018
    The Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) Coalition recently awarded several key community leaders for their work in preventing substance abuse and its impact on the Ottawa County Community. Awards were presented at the OSAP Coalition’s annual meeting in October.

    Stephanie Williams, the Coalition’s Coordinator said, “We are grateful to have so many community leaders who step up and work to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of our community. It truly is a community effort and takes everyone working together to make change.”  At the meeting there were a total of 6 awards given to businesses, elected officials and youth.

    Awards include:
    • Excellence in Leadership Award given to Sandi Stasko for her years as chair and co-chair of the OSAP Coalition, her involvement in numerous subcommittees and her passion for the work of the coalition.
    • Outstanding Service Award given to Al Dannenberg for his advocacy for public health policy and contributions to the OSAP Coalition.
    • Outstanding Service Award given to John Nash for his advocacy and work to educate the community on the impact of legalized marijuana.
    • Student Leaders Initiating Change Student of the Year given to Nancy Munoz for her involvement and leadership in the SLIC Youth Coalition.
    • Volunteer of the Year Award given to Deb Swanson for her years of dedicated service to youth prevention programming and the Total Trek Quest Program
    • School of the Year given to West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics for working to ensure parents are supported and educated about trends in youth substance abuse and are equipped to educate their youth about healthy choices.
    • Talk Sooner Ambassador Award given to Vicki Kavanaugh for her tireless promotion of the Talk Sooner Campaign and for her efforts to find new and creative ways to help parents have conversations with their kids about not beginning to use alcohol or other drugs.
    • Retailer of the Year Award given to Salt and Pepper Grille and Pub for their commitment to preventing youth access to alcohol, consistently passing compliance checks and ensuring their staff are trained on responsible beverage service.

    We thank and congratulate each of these community leaders for their commitment to helping make Ottawa County a truly great place and for their involvement in preventing the negative impact of substance abuse.

    Pictures available on request. For additional information, please contact Stephanie Williams at 616-396-2301 or swilliams@arborcircle.org.
    Stephanie Williams

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