Two North Carolina substance abuse professionals and one substance abuse services program were recognized by APNC at the organization’s Fall Conference Awards Luncheon for their significant contribution to the work of preventing and treating addictions.
The APNC New Professional Award was presented to Anna Godwin, APNC’s Eastern Region Vice-President. Anna, who received her master’s degree from East Carolina University, is an LCAS, a CSAPC candidate, and Coordinator of the NC Parent Resource Center at Families in Action. With experience in women’s residential services, employee assistance programs, and providing clinical supervision, Anna was recognized for her contribution to expanding North Carolina’s prevention capacity by promoting parent-centered prevention.
Path of Hope, a twenty-eight day residential treatment program that serves adults with substance use disorders, was the recipient of the APNC Outstanding Program Award. Path of Hope serves indigent clients from fourteen counties, provides internships for students, is involved in community-based initiatives, and actively participates in organizations, associations, and other statewide initiatives addressing prevention, treatment and recovery of substance use disorders.
The Norbert L. Kelly Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jim Van Hecke, Executive Director of the Burke Council on Alcoholism, former administrator and executive director of Pavillon treatment center, and founder of the Carolinas Conference on Addiction and Recovery. For the past twenty-six years Jim has made a significant and selfless contribution to North Carolina’s substance abuse community, providing exemplary leadership within the state and nation.
During the awards presentation, Phil Mooring, chairman of the APNC Awards Committee, reminded those in attendance that APNC will be presenting the Art of Prevention Award and the Art of Counseling Award during the Spring 2015 conference to be held in Asheville. Mooring said, “There are so many members of APNC who are contributing so much to improve the lives of individuals and families, and making our communities and state an even better place to live. They deserve to be recognized.”