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Two Seniors, CC, to be Honored by NAMI for Mental Health Contributions

Colorado College has been selected as the Community Partner of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Colorado Springs' (NAMI-CS) for its support of the organization and its efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues. Additionally, two CC students, Kathleen Carroll ’13 and Brian Wray ’13, were named Volunteers of the Year by the organization.

In naming CC as its community partner, Lori Jarvis-Steinwert, the executive director of the organization, said “I've personally had the pleasure of partnering with CC faculty, staff, and students over the past few years, and I'm continually amazed by the generosity and genuine commitment of everyone I work with at CC. The students who've partnered with us as volunteers and interns are outstanding CC representatives. They're passionate about the impact of mental illness and overcoming stigma, and that passion translates into a dedication of time, talent, and creativity that's invaluable to NAMI.”

In selecting Carroll and Wray as the Volunteers of the Year, Jarvis-Steinwert noted that they have organized events, interned in the NAMI-CS office, updated the organization’s website, and trained as NAMI support group facilitators. They’ve also facilitated a Tuesday evening support group for those who live with mental illness. Carroll and Wray have “developed an expertise and demonstrated wisdom and reliability beyond their years,” Jarvis-Steinwert said.

Colorado College will be honored as the Community Partner of the Year, and Kathleen Carroll and Brian Wray as Volunteers of the Year, at a community breakfast on Friday, May 3 in downtown Colorado Springs.