Page 7 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - June, 2017
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Workshop Wellness Center director
educates honored for dedication
Group recognizes Indian Country throughout
The Tsapowum Chehalis High-schoolers participate in Denise Walker her career.
Tribal Behavioral Health a workshop on dating violence,
Prevention and Domestic sexual assault and bullying. Chehalis Tribal Wellness She has worked for tribes
Violence programs, carried members, attended the Spring Center Director Denise all across the Northwest. She
out by Ranessa Goddard and Youth Forum on May 17. The Walker received a wonderful is always thinking about the
Janita Raham respectively, forum is a one-day event at honor on May 12. patients first and how things
completed a weeklong Great Wolf Lodge in Grand affect them.
workshop in February. Mound. The
Portland Little did she know she
It was in collaboration with The goal is to showcase Area Director would receive an award for all
Native American Grammy prevention projects that recognizes of her contributions.
Award winner Star Nayea at were considered, created and individuals
Oakville High School. shaped by youth leaders; or groups of Congratulations Denise!
give students from across the employees From Denise Walker:
The workshop was to state an opportunity to learn whose special “I just want to say that I
educate teens on dating from one another through a efforts and am honored to have been
violence, sexual assault and series of forums presented contributions Denise Walker nominated and selected for
bullying. We had 13 high- by the youth teams accepted beyond this award. I give the credit
schoolers in our group who to attend; and share success regular duty requirements to all of staff at the Chehalis
wrote a song called “You are stories from youth groups with have resulted in significant Tribal Wellness Center and
Not Alone.” future groups to encourage benefits to Indian Health other Tribal Health Center
sustainability of programs. Service programs, priorities staff from other facilities.
Many of our youth – with or customers and fulfillment I have had the privilege
their artistic and courageous About 38 teams from across of the IHS mission. to work with many other
strength – used their personal Washington were present. facilities in Indian Country
experiences to write the lyrics. Although Chehalis Tribe Denise qualified, and she over the years. Without
They directed, produced and Youth Prevention did not win earned it! everyone supporting and
starred in their own prevention the grand prize, the team did following my direction and
video, which they presented to exceptionally well for its first The Portland Area doing the necessary work, I
their peers and family at the year. Director’s Recognition wouldn’t receive this award.
high school and middle school of Excellence Award was I also thank the leaders who
assembly. It was very well- presented to her at the support my requests to move
received and the team all felt Indian Health Service health care forward. So, I
confident in their work. Award Ceremony in humbly accept this award for
Portland. all of us here at the Chehalis
Prevention projects Tribal Wellness Center and
Denise was nominated all those I have served over
Five Oakville high school by Community Wellness the years and thank you all
students, including three tribal Manager Christina Hicks for your hard work.”
because of her hard work in


Women, Infants and Children 10 A.M.-3 P.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13
provides healthful food and CHEHALIS TRIBAL COMMUNITY CENTER GYM
nutrition information for you and
your child up to age 5. n Tribal, state
program vendors
NEXT DATE n Information
n Lunch at noon
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
July 6 at the Chehalis CONTACT
Tribal Wellness Center Christina Hicks
at 360-709-1741,
CONTACT chicks@chehalis
Debbie Gardipee-Reyes, 360-462-3227 or Patty Suskin,
360-462-3224; Chehalis: Debra Shortman, 360-709-1689
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