San Remo’s Helen Stein has received a personal commendation from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) for her commitment to building a healthier and connected community over eight years of volunteering with the Ourimbah Community Drug Action Team (CDAT).
After having held leadership roles as Chair and Secretary in the CDAT, Stein has announced her retirement, prompting the ADF to reflect on her incredible service.
“Our community is so lucky to have Helen.
“She’s been an incredible leader in our activities over the years, which include alcohol and other drug workshops for the community, incorporating alcohol and other drug prevention and harm minimisation strategies within TAFE Youth Work programmes, and events on campus,” said Ourimbah CDAT Chair, Jackie Cobbold.
“We wish her all the best for her retirement, but no doubt we will miss her very much,” she added.
Stein said she is sad to be leaving but proud of being part of a network of people that cares about their community.
“I’ve loved being a part of this group and seeing how, through our efforts, we’ve been able to make a real difference in the community.
“Without a doubt, my highlight has been the people, the other members of CDAT, the fun we have had together and the support we have provided to each other.
“I’ve loved being able to provide information to young people that has enabled them to make informed choices about drug use.
“I’m looking forward to having a bit more down time, but I’ll definitely be staying in touch with the fantastic network that I’ve built through the Ourimbah CDAT and will always be there to help out if I’m needed,” Stein said.
ADF NSW Manager, Lorenzo Woodford, also praised Stein for her strong commitment to preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug harms at a grassroots level.
“Helen should feel incredibly proud of her efforts in helping her community to make grassroots changes which promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the risk of harm from alcohol and other drugs,” Woodford said.
“Her dedication to the Ourimbah CDAT and commitment to strengthening her neighbourhood is inspirational,” he added.
Press release, Jul 3