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Recovery for All: July 2012
Exemplary NAMI Leader Awarded for Inclusive Work
“Mental illness is common in every community. Recovery, too, can spring forth everywhere when we extend our care and compassion without judgment to all who are in need.”
Please join us in congratulating Gareth Fenley, president emeritus of NAMI Augusta, in receiving NAMI’s 2012 Multicultural Outreach Award. Notable under her leadership is the affiliate’s successful partnering with predominantly African American faith groups through the Sharing Hope program. And among roles with many organizations and networks, Gareth works with the NAMI LGBT Networking Group and served as co-chair to a NAMI Board appointed Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.
The award was presented last month in Seattle in during NAMI’s 2012 National Convention by then-NAMI President, Kevin Sullivan. Highlights of his remarks:
“The rapidly changing world around us cries out for new strategies to tackle increasingly complex challenges. I have the good fortune today to celebrate one of our own who has shown us a way toward our shared goal of bringing NAMI’s mission and hope to everyone who needs us–no matter who or where they are.
“Gareth is a terrific example of a leader who knows how to take an organization forward. As NAMI Augusta’s president she realized she needed to strengthen all areas of the organization, including its diversity. She understood the changing demographics of the country—no question, we are becoming more and more diverse—and recognized that we were not reflecting those changes. She set out to change that fact. This is not easy to do, but she accepted the challenge. I hope she will accept just one more thing today, and that’s this award, NAMI’s recognition of her outstanding efforts in multicultural outreach.”