Friday, October 1, 2010

‘Creating a Healthy Community’

Conference set for Nov. 13 in Hailey


St. Luke's Center for Community Health and the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition are partnering to bring James Vollbracht to their annual "Creating a Healthy Community" fall conference on Saturday, Nov. 13. Vollbracht is a trainer, speaker and author with more than 20 years of experience empowering individuals, communities and organizations to support the positive development of youth. His book "Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture That Cares for Kids" was reviewed by Chinaberry Press as "the best book I've ever read on how to create real change in our kids' lives."

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The conference will be at the Community Campus in Hailey. Vollbract will present the keynote lecture, "Creating Communities That Care for All Kids," from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for check-in. Participants may also choose one of three learning sessions on a variety of topics following the keynote presentation. Learning sessions will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fourth annual Unsung Hero community awards presentation will also be made during the conference. These awards, given by the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition, are given in nine categories in an effort to recognize the everyday heroes who contribute to the health of the community.

The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged. Online registrations will be available starting Thursday, Sept. 30, at or by calling 727-8733.

The website is also a place to find out more information about the conference, the learning sessions and the presenters.

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