WEST WINDSOR, NJ - On September 24, Verona’s Suzanne Broullon was recognized by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) as the Volunteer of the Year for 2015 for Essex County.
GCADA funds the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) as part of its mission to develop and disseminate public awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism and drug abuse. Broullon has been an active member of the VMAC for more than 13 years.
Broullon joined VMAC as an School Community Association (SCA) liaison for an elementary school. As a member of the VMAC Board, she served as Recording Secretary and Co-Chair, before serving as Chairperson from 2013 through 2015.
During Broullon’s tenure as VMAC Chair, her ability to reach out to leaders of other community groups and partner with them to bring programs to Verona has been her greatest accomplishment. In the 2014-2015 school year, two programs in particular were made possible because of the coordination among several groups in town – a workshop dealing with heroin addiction and “Hidden in Plain Sight” which used a mockup of a teenager’s room to illustrate potential warning signs to parents.