Gary Hillebrand Receives Prevention Emeritus Award
The 6th annual Substance Abuse Prevention Conference hosted by ACT Missouri was held November 17-18th at Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks. "The Prevention Conference is a time for preventionists from across Missouri to come together to learn and network," says Chuck Daugherty, Executive Director of ACT Missouri. "We are lucky to have so many local experts who are willing to share their expertise with our communities." A highlight of this year's Conference was awarding the first Prevention Emeritus Awards. These awards are given to individuals who have dedicated their careers to prevention in Missouri. Gary Hillebrand has been employed with Preferred Family Healthcare for nearly 26 years as a Prevention Specialist. Primarily serving the nine counties in Northwest Missouri, Gary provided specific technical assistance and training to various community coalitions. Gary has over 20 years of experience in community prevention and educational coordination, and he served as a consultant and trainer for anger management, peer assistance education, motivational interviewing, and public speaking. "I have to say all of the things going on in the world today, all the hatred and negativity, hope lies here -- with all of you. You are one big collective and each one of you are that hope for the future. Not only for yourself and our community, but for our children and peers" said Hillebrand. "So I have to stand up here receiving this Prevention Emeritus award and thank you for all you have given me all these years. Thank you very much." ACT Missouri is the statewide training and resource center for substance abuse prevention. Its mission is to be the statewide prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities.