Celebrate Wellness – May 31

Mental Health Awareness Month culminates in a community reception with music, art, and the annual Wellness award.

Above: SYFS is holding another Celebrate Wellness reception for Mental Health Awareness. The awards ceremony will recognize the service of a much-missed member of the community. (images from flyer)

Southborough Youth and Family Services is ending Mental Health Awareness month with a reception to “Celebrate Wellness”. The agency is extending a “grand invitation” to attend the event with refreshments, live music, and a community art gallery.

The reception will also recognize later resident Kim Tolander as the recipient of this year’s Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness award.

Each year, SYFS asks the public to “Nominate a Community Hero”. According to an announcement, the award is given to an individual selected by the Southborough Youth Commission Board who has served the Southborough community as a human services advocate, promoting human welfare, and continues Laurie’s mission of making Southborough a better place for all.  And this year:

Celebrate Wellness 2023The Youth Commission received a record number of nominations for Kim, describing her as a community organizer, a strong advocate for youth, and a generous altruist who worked tirelessly to support others, among many other qualities.  Sadly, Kim passed away unexpectedly this past August and the Youth Commission is pleased to have the opportunity to honor her memory in this way.

The reception has a “suggested donation” of $5 to attend. The donations are promoted as going to Friends of Southborough Youth Commission to support SYFS’ prevention programs and social services.

The event will take place in the Community House, 28 Main Street, on Wednesay, May 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The awards ceremony will be at 7:00 pm.

For details on other events in the Mental Health Awareness Month series, click here.

Updated (5/11/23 9:19 am): I added language about the award from a second email I initially missed.

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