Shout out to Brent Buehler for helping the Alcohol Action team recruit students at Oshkosh North High School for the Junior year Communities project! Brent attended both the project pitch day as well as the project panel discussion day. Brent has also been a great help when it comes to meeting with festival organizers and CHEERS! trainings.
Shout out to one of the Youth Coalition’s newest members, Annabelle, for advocating for the protection of bike lanes on Westhaven Drive at the February 4 City of Oshkosh Sustainability Advisory Board meeting. The board was discussing and voting on their recommendation to the City Council whether to remove the designated bike lanes after a resident petition. Annabelle did an awesome job sharing why the bike lanes have been important for her to get to school, work, and just to enjoy Oshkosh! Check out a video of her testimony here.
Welcome to Allison Laverty Montag! Allison is new to the Healthy Food & Beverage team this year and will be involved in the Farm to Early Care Initiative to help encourage increased consumption of veggies and fruit in early childcare programs. Serving as the team’s staff team chair, she will be involved in organizing coalition meetings, planning activities and creating social media content.
Allison has been with the Winnebago County Health Department for 9 years and is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with WIC. We are excited to have Allison join us!
Thank You for Caring. Thank You for Being Amazing.
Vicky Redlin has been an active member of re:TH!NK for over five years. As staff of the Winnebago County Parks Department, her professional work and personal commitment to making it easier for residents to bike, walk, and be active makes her the perfect person to chair the Active Communities team where she introduced re:TH!NK to the concept of “Safe Routes to Parks.” She has also served on the Leadership Council since 2015 putting her creativity and community connections to good use. Vicky is a life-long resident of Oshkosh and her “historical” knowledge of the culture here proves invaluable. She even goes above and beyond, offering to proofread our eUpdates before they get sent out. Thank you Vicky for everything you do.
Caring in Action Award
Adam Bellcorelli has been a dedicated member of re:TH!NK for a couple years. He represents the Social Connectedness team on the re:TH!NK Leadership Council. He has served as Emcee for the past two Annual Soirees and for the 2018 Legislative Breakfast. He is an active member of the Social Connectedness team to make Oshkosh and Winnebago County a place where people can build relationships and everyone can reach their full potential. He is always willing to give of himself, his time, and his talents to make Winnebago County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play. His positivity and passion for our community is infectious! We are honored to have him working on behalf of re:TH!NK.
Grace Halstead has been an advocate in the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition for five years. She first got involved in FACT, the statewide, youth-led tobacco prevention movement, at Tipler Middle School and has been advocating for tobacco-related issues ever since. Grace played a key role in advocating for tobacco-free parks in the city of Oshkosh, and her hard work and dedication paid off last January when the Advisory Park Board passed a citywide tobacco-free parks rule! Grace has always been a team-player and motivator for the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition and has grown into a leader. It’s been awesome to see Grace find her voice and use it to improve Oshkosh. Thank you Grace!