Weekly Feature

2018-02-08 / Business

Lancaster chamber member travels to Washington, D.C.

Gwendolyn Bork, director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and board member for the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives from Depew, Lancaster and Cheektowaga, traveled to Washington, D.C., this week, joining roughly 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates throughout the country for a forum.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 28th annual National Leadership Forum, a training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, ran from Feb. 5 to 8.

The four-day event was packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance abuse and hear from nationally known prevention experts, federal administrators and concerned policymakers, according to information from the Lancaster chamber.

“It is my honor to stand with WNY Prevention Resource Center as we participate in this national convention to get educated and equipped on the federal standards needed for forward movement in the addiction recovery and substance use prevention field,” said Bork. “The coalition will be impacted by this education on processes and proven methods for a sustainable organization in the community moving forward.”

Representatives joined community leaders from across the country to meet with U.S. senators and representatives from nearly 50 states to educate them about critical substance abuse issues.

“Capitol Hill Day is a vital opportunity for forum attendees to communicate directly with their representatives to educate them about the successes and challenges facing our field and reiterate what legislators can do to advance prevention efforts,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, coalition chairman and CEO.

“We are bringing the ‘boots on the ground’ to Upper Senate Park and Capitol Hill with the knowledge of what communities are facing every day in this drug crisis and partnering with our nation’s legislators for prevention.”

“It is with great humility and responsibility to our communities of Lancaster, Depew and Cheektowaga that I portray the needs of our area effectively and precisely to our U.S. Congressman Chris Collins,” added Bork.

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