Oct. 12 Listening Session to focus on North Country health and service needs
New celebrity cast member updates:"Celebrity Autobiography," Oct. 23 at the Capitol Center in Concord

New Futures recognizes community leaders

New Futures has recognized community leaders across the state for their efforts to reduce underage drinking and drug problems and to increase substance abuse treatment options in New Hampshire.  At the October 13, 2010 New Futures Leadership Recognition and Awards Celebration, Marci Albert of Newmarket received the Dr. Tom Fox Scholarship for Prevention; Annette Escalante of Manchester, received the Dr. Tom Fox Scholarship for Treatment; Jacqui Abikoff of Gilford received the Advocacy in Action Award; Coalition for Bedford Youth of Bedford received the Youth in Action Award; and the Honorable Laurie Harding of Lebanon, received the Tom Fox Award for Excellence.  The event also honored founding President John Bunker, who recently retired after 13 years of service.
"It is a privilege to honor these community leaders and the founding president of New Futures for their respective contributions to the people of this state.  The outstanding work of each of the honorees has significantly impacted the problem of substance abuse in New Hampshire," said New Futures Executive Director Linda Paquette.

Portsmouth School Counselor Awarded the Dr. Tom Fox Scholarship for Prevention
Marci Albert has worked as a Student Assistance Counselor for Child and Family Services at Portsmouth High School since 2005.  She developed and effectively implemented a thriving Project SUCCESS Student Assistance Program counseling more than one hundred students each year.  In addition, Albert developed an array of events and programs aimed at preventing adolescent substance abuse. Her dedication, her personal strength, and her ability to see great promise in every individual make her an extraordinary asset to the field of substance abuse prevention.
The scholarship award of $1500 is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and significant service to the delivery of alcohol and other drug prevention services in New Hampshire, and who has shown commitment to advocacy on a variety of alcohol and other drug issues at the state and local levels.

Vice President of Keystone Hall Wins the Dr. Tom Fox Scholarship for Treatment
Vice President of Keystone Hall in Nashua, Annette Escalante, oversees a full range of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse programming, including crisis intervention, transitional living and, most recently, the only substance abuse program for pregnant women and their infants in the state - the Cynthia Day Family Center for Pregnant Post Partum Women & Infants <http://www.keystonehall.org/cynthiadaycenter.html> .  Escalante has a Masters of Social Work degree and is a Masters Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a new professional certification established by law in 2010.
The scholarship award of $1500 recognizes an individual who displays leadership and significant service to the delivery of addiction treatment for alcohol and other drugs, and a commitment to advocacy on a variety of related issues at the state and local levels.
Representative Laurie Harding Wins Dr. Tom Fox Excellence Award
Representative Laurie Harding of Lebanon, NH received the Dr. Tom Fox Excellence Award for championing legislation to improve the licensing statute for alcohol and drug counselors in a manner that reflects both the current scientific understanding of addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, and the increased level of education and professional training of providers of alcohol and other drug treatment. In addition to her work on this important legislation that was signed into law in September 2010, Representative Harding has actively served as a board member of Headrest, an organization that has provided community, crisis, and addiction recovery supports for the past 40 years.  
The Dr. Tom Fox Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated sustained leadership and significant service to the field of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  

Jacqui Abikoff wins Advocacy in Action Award
Jacqui Abikoff, Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center, an outpatient treatment Center in the Lakes Region serving clients with substance use and mental health disorders, received the 2010 New Futures Advocacy in Action Award.  Abikoff has worked in the field of substance use and mental health for 35 years.  This award recognizes Abikoff’s extraordinary contributions in the area of policy advocacy, including service as the policy voice for both the NH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association and the NH Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Service Providers Association and membership on several Governor’s Commission taskforces and workgroups.
The New Futures Advocacy in Action Award is given annually to recognize an individual or group for their advocacy efforts at the state or local level and to encourage others to engage in advocacy strategies as an effective way to make policy change.  
Coalition for Bedford Youth Wins Youth in Action Award
The Coalition for Bedford Youth's received the 2010 New Futures Youth in Action Award. The Coalition’s mission is to "support the well-being of Bedford youth by promoting community strategies that develop assets in children." By engaging in activities such as sharing with the community a presentation called “The Adolescent Brain and High Risk Behavior”, working with the local Students Against Drunk Driving group to host a movie night with proceeds going to a local charity, or providing workshops for parents and students at the annual parent/student day long conference, the youth of the Coalition are committed to helping create a community that builds resilient youth.  The Coalition will be presenting on its work at a national conference in Houston, Texas in November 2010.
The New Futures Youth in Action Award was introduced in 2008 and recognizes the outstanding work of young people in preventing and reducing underage alcohol problems in their communities.
John F. Bunker Honored for 13 years of Service to New Futures
John Bunker was honored for his 13 years of service to New Futures. Bunker was the founding President (Executive Director) of New Futures and was honored for his vision in creating a unique organization that utilizes advocacy to impact substance abuse policy in New Hampshire.  He was recognized by past and current board members, Ned Helms of the University of New Hampshire, Attorney Mary Susan Leahy of the Mclane Law Firm, Tym Rourke of the NH Charitable Foundation, and New Futures staff.  
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working to reduce underage alcohol problems and increase access to substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire.  For more information visit www.new-futures.org.