DARIEN, Conn. - The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies’ bestowed its Family Legislator of the Year award on state Rep. Terrie Wood (R-Darien-Norwalk).
The award was celebrated by her colleagues on both sides of the aisle at the Capitol on Monday, April 29.
Wood was honored by the Council for her outstanding leadership and commitment to services that improve the lives of families in Connecticut.
“I am truly honored to receive this award. I feel very strongly that the most efficient and effective social services comes from our local non-profits. They are located in and understand our communities and how best to deliver the needed programs. I look forward to continuing to support their missions," Wood said.
Kim O’Rielly, president and CEO of Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, recognized Wood’s work as co-chair of the Mental Health Working Group, which was formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings. She also noted her advocacy for making sure mental health first aid was a part of the legislature’s response to the school shooting.
She co-hosted an informational forum at the Capitol on mental health first aid and brought in certified instructors to explain its benefits.
The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies is a statewide network of fourteen independent, nonprofit, organizations that deliver services to over 224,000 families annually from more than 100 sites located throughout Connecticut. For the past 26 years, the council has recognized a member of the General Assembly for their work responding to the needs of Connecticut’s families.
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