Washougal School District Superintendent Dawn Tarzian receives prevention award (Photo)
Dawn Tarzian, Washougal School District Superintendent, was presented the 2014 Washington State Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award for a Sector Representative at the November 4 Washougal School District Board Meeting. The award was presented by UNITE! Coalition Representatives Rhea Bohlin and Paul Greenlee. Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavior Health and Recovery, the award recognizes outstanding community partners engaged in substance abuse presentation efforts.
Tarzian was recognized as a champion for the cause of prevention at every level, partnering with community organizations and making herself available to all members of the community from teachers and counselors to parents, youth and business members. She supports the work of UNITE! Washougal Community Coalition, the local prevention coalition, and encourages them to work closely with schools to bring programs and services to students and families to embrace healthy choices and positive change.
"Dawn's leadership style inspires that part of all of us that knows we can do excellent work and make a difference in the lives of our youth," said Margaret McCarthy, UNITE! coordinator. "She is courageous and yet inclusive. Her thoughtful insight has helped UNITE! become more effective in our coalition work. Washougal has come together for improved education and healthy living under her direction, guidance and the offer of support and partnership she graciously extends. Dawn has helped UNITE! in every aspect of our work from encouraging Positive Community Norms to building partnerships for parenting workshops and promoting increase of awareness for the needs for resources for our community."
Photo: Rhea Bohlin, Dawn Tarzian, Paul Greenlee