Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3) awarded both Wauseon schools and Evergreen schools as 2016-17 Coalition Champion of the Year on June 13.
The award is given annually to a community partner who has gone above and beyond in supporting the organization’s county-wide efforts in reducing underage substance use.
Wauseon schools and their administration were recognized for demonstrating outstanding support for HC3’s Youth Advisory Council and offering substantial support to the Fulton County 2016 Health Assessment process.
Evergreen schools and administration were recognized for dedication in creating a tobacco-free campus. Additionally, the school district was noted for its inclusion and collaboration with its SADD group and both HC3 and YAC.
This year, HC3 introduced a new award, Junior Coalition Champion of the Year, to honor a community youth member who has excelled in their support. Rayne Kinsman, an Archbold sixth grade student, was chosen for her leadership in promoting the HC3 Stomping Grounds event at the Fulton County Fair.
The 2016-17 Coalition Member of the Year awards were presented to Lori Knierim and Linda Wurns for their commitment to educating the community on the family perspective of addiction. They are responsible for the development and expansion of the Strength in Numbers support group for everyone affected by addiction in Fulton County.
The YAC Member of the Year award winners were Annemarie Thomas and Mary Miller.
Annemarie Thomas is a four-year YAC member who has served on the leadership board for two years and is currently the group’s chair. Annemarie was recognized for her willingness to take the lead both within YAC and at outside venues, including community events and local and state presentations.
Mary Miller, also a four-year YAC member, served on the leadership board. She was chosen for recognition due to engaging both YAC members and the external community during public events, such as the Stomping Grounds at the Fulton County Fair. She displayed collaborative leadership during the creation of the Talk2Me PSA video, which served as the YAC spring project.
For more HC3 information, visit HC3Partnership.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For information, contact Beth Thomas at 419 337 0915 or by email at HC3Partnership@gmail.com.