SAFE honors community leaders

At its annual meeting on Nov. 8, the board of directors of Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., or SAFE, presented the Sharyl W. Adams award to Dr. Parham Jaberi, director of the Chesterfield Health District.

“The community is blessed to have such a talented servant. He inspires and supports partners in the effort to reduce substance abuse,” Wayne Frith, executive director of SAFE, said.

Jaberi has been a crucial partner in SAFE’s collaborative efforts to prevent medication abuse. He has provided leadership in the development of a series of summits that have engaged people from a wide variety of sectors to develop and implement strategies to address this growing problem.

“SAFE greatly values Dr. Jaberi’s active involvement in the prevention of medication abuse. His leadership abilities, his connections within the health community and his willingness to use both to further the work of SAFE have contributed significantly to our success,” said Sharyl Adams, substance abuse prevention specialist, Youth Planning and Development Department.

This award was established by SAFE in 2009 to recognize individuals who make significant contributions to the prevention of substance abuse in Chesterfield County. Sharyl Adams helped  found SAFE as a nonprofit community coalition in 1999 and continues to work with the organization.

SAFE presented the Corporate Champion award to Chase Tunnell, president, Dominion Service Co., for his leadership among HVAC companies in preventing the abuse of refrigerant from air conditioning units through the installation of locking caps on refrigerant service valves; the Media Champion award to Mark Tenia, reporter, WRIC-TV 8, for highlighting the cause of substance-abuse prevention; and the 21st Century Champion award to Dr. Bancroft Greene, member of the SAFE Board of Directors, for his leadership in resource development for SAFE.

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