MASAP’s Recognition Awards will be given annually to Maine citizens for their outstanding contributions in substance abuse and addictions prevention, treatment and recovery support.
“These award winning citizens should be applauded for their dedication, service, and leadership,” said Emilie van Eeghen, MASAP President, “Both legislators have sponsored and supported legislation designed to implement policy to the benefit of our clients, our communities and the State, and Pam maintains a consistent dedication in serving as a recovery advocate and educator for the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR).”
Representative Perry is a certified family nurse practitioner and is serving her second term in the Legislature. She has been a member of the Health and Human Services Committee and is now the Chair of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee. Perry is an active member of the governor’s Commission on Substance Abuse Services and is a co-founder of Neighbors Against Drug Abuse (NADA). She has been a willing and active contributor to the substance abuse field and has been a keynote speaker at the MAPP Advocacy Conference; the MAAR co-sponsored Impaired Nursing Practice Summit; and at numerous other professional meetings focusing on issues related to addiction and substance abuse.
Senator Brennan was first elected to the Maine Senate in March 2002, again in 2004, and is currently serving as the Senate Majority Leader. In addition to his public service as a legislator, he is a policy associate at the Muskie School of Public Service, a professor at the University of New England, and president of the Center of Sports Counseling and Education. His long-standing support for substance abuse and addictions services, from a client, a provider, a state and a systems perspective, have earned him a great deal of respect within the field.
Pam Nelon has been a member of MAAR throughout most of its existence. She has been a steadfast supporter and advocate of this Alliance and its activities, assisting in the development of the Bangor chapter of MAAR, as well as participating on the MAAR Advisory Committee in Augusta. Pam has taken time from her daily work to volunteer at the MAAR booth at the Hall of Flags, has been a co-presenter at an in-service at Sebasticook Valley Hospital and has staffed an information booth at the Bangor Mall during National Recovery Month. Pam is an RN currently working at the Acadia Recovery Community in Bangor.
“The MASAP Recognition Awards honor the achievements of our recipients in the field of substance abuse and addictions prevention, treatment and recovery support. We are pleased to recognize this outstanding group for their ongoing and tireless efforts in truly making a tremendous difference for individuals, families and communities throughout Maine,” said Ruth Blauer, executive director of MASAP. “We are very proud to have this opportunity to thank and honor them for their achievements on behalf of all Mainers.”
MASAP is the “voice of Maine’s substance abuse prevention and treatment providers.” Nominations for the MASAP Annual Recognition Awards are submitted and reviewed by MASAP’s Board of Directors and general membership. For more information, call 207-621-8118 or visit our website: www.masap.org.