Local Residents Honored at Griswold Pride Annual Meeting

This article was published on: 12/2/16 3:33 PM by Mike Minarsky

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Griswold, CT December 2, 2016: The Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone, in Griswold, held their Annual Meeting last night at the Restaurant at River Ridge, where they honored their first annual PRIDE Parent of the Year and PRIDE Partner of the Year award winners.

The awards were created this year by the PRIDE Executive Committee to recognize a partner organization and a parent for their outstanding commitment to creating a drug free community, and whose actions promote improved health and prevention of adolescent substance abuse.

PRIDE Partner of the Year went to the Natchaug River Young Marines. Their dedication to the youth and families of eastern CT is evidenced by their action and commitment in supporting PRIDE activities, not just in Griswold but Putnam as well. The Natchaug River Young Marines were called on by various town organizations for their support and help in many events, including Youthtopia, Spooktopia, Bike Night, and the town Carnival. They were instrumental in coordinating the first Griswold Community Red Ribbon Week. And most importantly, they also gave back to our community by making a generous donation to PRIDE, from a monetary award that they earned.

PRIDE Parent of the Year went to Ken Willey. Ken has been involved in PRIDE since the very first meeting in February 2015. He took the initiative to learn about coalition building and the science of the prevention field. Ken was a parent volunteer who took time out of his busy schedule to attend various local trainings, as well as the National Leadership Forum, held by CADCA in Washington, DC. There, he impressed not only Griswold PRIDE leaders, but Putnam PRIDE leaders as well. Ken has taken advantage of EVERY opportunity to learn, and then APPLIED it in our community. PRIDE would not be where they are today, without his passion, devotion and enthusiasm.

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