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Saturday, March 24 News

Wood celebrates 'Legislator of the Year' award

State Rep. Terrie Wood, R-Darien, was celebrated by her colleagues April 29 as she received the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies' Family Legislator of the Year award.

Wood was honored by the council for her leadership and commitment to services that improve the lives of families in Connecticut.

"I am truly honored to receive this award," she said. "I feel very strongly that the most efficient and effective social services comes from our local nonprofits. 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."

Kim O'Rielly, president and CEO of Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, recognized Wood's work as the co-chairman of the Mental Health Working Group, which was formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 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 14 independent, nonprofit, organizations that deliver services to more than 224,000 families annually from more than 100 sites located throughout Connecticut.