Rhonda Messamore, IC&RC President, presented the Presidential Leadership Award to outgoing Secretary Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed., CPS, in recognition of outstanding contributions and support given to IC&RC and the substance abuse and prevention profession.
Messamore celebrated Del Sesto’s service: “Sandra has served for 15 years with IC&RC. She is active on the prevention committee and serves as its co-chair. From 2006 to 2010, she has been our Secretary, aiding in the transition of my new administration. On the Executive Committee, she has been an equal opportunist, keeping us aware of all perspectives. She always reminds us of the heart of our organization.”
Del Sesto remarked with gratitude: “Wow! I’m not usually without words. I am completely overwhelmed. To get this award from this group is one of the greatest honors in my entire life. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. I hope to be useful to this group and serve wherever I am needed.”
Presidential Leadership Award Honoree Sandra Del Sesto, with her husband Richard
IC&RC member boards looking for a way to let their certified workforce know they are valued can check out the Arkansas Prevention Certification Board (APCB). Its annual banquet – most recently held on on June 8, 2010 – featured a keynote by Jack Claypoole, Administrator of Drug Free Communities at the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Starting in June 2008, APCB held an annual banquet to honor and recognize the Certified Prevention Consultants and Specialists in Arkansas. Individuals who became certified within the past year are presented with a lapel pin to recognize their accomplishment. The pin provides recognition for the individual, the board, and certification in general.
A fun, new addition to this year’s event was a silent auction, which raised the profile of the APCB with local businesses and community members. Jessica Hestand, ICPS, APCB Administrator, reported, “The banquet is always a great time for individuals certified, working in or interested in prevention to come together. I would definitely recommend other boards consider it as a way to recognize their workforce.”
Another way recognize a certified individual in your jurisdiction is by nominating them for the IC&RC Prevention Professional of the Year Award. Take the time to let one of your professionals know your board thinks they are great!
Among IC&RC members are prevention professionals who go above and beyond, truly standing out in their dedication, intelligence, compassion, and effectiveness. They are working all over the world – partnering with parents, community groups, coalitions, faith-based organizations, health care professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and educators – to make a difference in their communities.
The Prevention Committee wants to recognize an IC&RC-certified professional who is the best of the best, embodying the ideals of the profession and of IC&RC.