Harrison County resident receives Community Outreach Award for work in substance abuse prevention

WHEELING, W.Va. — A Harrison County resident has been honored for her efforts to prevent substance abuse and promote overall wellness.

Jo Anne McNemar of the Harrison County Prevention Partnership was presented with the 2015 Community Outreach Award from U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld.

McNemar was honored by Ihlenfeld for her work with the Prevention Partnership, including her efforts to facilitate the Harrison County DREAM Team, known as “Teens Encouraging Advocacy and Motivation.”

With McNemar’s leadership, ambitious student leaders are selected from each Harrison County high school to form the team. The group receives training on substance abuse and prevention and, in turn, the students serve as role models in their communities by designing and delivering drug education and prevention programs to younger students.

“Jo Anne is relentless in her efforts to empower the youth of Harrison County to make healthy decisions and to have successful, fulfilling futures,” Ihlenfeld said. “She has a ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ attitude and puts everything she has into making Harrison County stronger and safer for all.”

McNemar, who currently serves as the Partnership for Success Coordinator with the Harrison County Family Resource Network, Inc. in Clarksburg, is a certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Community Health Education from the WVU School of Medicine.

The United States Attorney’s Awards ceremony was held at the United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse in Wheeling and included remarks from U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey and U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. A variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies were represented along with community leaders, volunteers, and advocates.

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