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Trauma Intervention Program
13th Annual Appreciation Banquet

The 13th annual Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) volunteer appreciation banquet held on Thursday, October 26 at the Elk’s Club in Lawrence was the place to be. Nearly 300 people from across the Merrimack Valley gathered to pay tribute to 13 years of on–scene, volunteer trauma intervention service to over 15,043 children and adults. Attendees included volunteers, hospital workers, and members of the various fire and police departments.

Jayan Landry Conlin, the executive director, served as the master of ceremonies and the evening was filled with testimonials and acknowledgement of the TIP
involvement in the lives of so many people over the past year. Of the evening, Conlin stated, “As the director of the Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley, Inc. (TIP), I am privileged to represent our team and board with the opportunity to honor special people from our community who have assisted our program in the past year. We are so blessed with 19 caring, dedicated volunteers who have donated over $5,890,441.30 in volunteer hours.”

In addition to honoring on-call volunteers, an important part of the evening was to highlight individuals from the community to receive the Volunteer Choice/Gift of Caring Awards. The awards were given based on “going above and beyond” the call of duty, consistently requests TIP services for traumatized individuals, or makes a significant financial donation.
(Editors Note: Brenda Waller, pictured below wearing a flower, passed away prior to our publishing date. Our prayers go out to her daughter Lindsy, far right, and her family.) 

This Year’s Volunteer Choice/Gift of Caring Awards Went To:

Focus on the Flood:  Lawrence Police/Fire Dept./Municipal
Jeff Coco,Emergency Management North Andover
Emergency Room Heroes:
Maria Wizboski, RN-MVH, Tammie Sargent, RN-CHFH, and Jane Campagna, RN-LGH
Featured Guest Speaker:
Rebecca Merrill
Spotlight on a Special School Family: 
David DeFillippo, Central Catholic High School
A Decade of TIP Volunteer Service: 
Brenda Waller, AD, RN
Rescue in the Marsh: 
Methuen Police and Fire Depts.
Special Advocates for Children: 
Mike Wartman, Andover High School, Bob Stabile, Andover Fire Dept.,
and Office Robin Cataldo, Andover Police Dept.

Retiring Chairperson:
Chief Charles Murnane, Andover Fire Dept.
Special Political Advocate for TIP: 
Senator Sue Tucker

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The November, 2006 Edition of the Valley Patriot
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