Thu, 28/02/2013

Mary recently attended the fourth annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) Awards which celebrate those people who have made outstanding contributions to improving the lives of people affected by drugs.

As well as recognising those who work supporting those affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, the awards celebrate those who contribute by reducing the harm caused by drugs or by assisting with the development of new strategies.

“As is well known, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can have a serious adverse effect on the lives of people of many people. It is crucial that we take steps to minimise harm and help those whose lives are affected by them, often not only the individual but also family members and friends.

“I would like to congratulate all those who received an award as part of the ATODA Awards for their outstanding work. I would also encourage them keep up the good work because without it many Canberrans would not be where they are now,” Mary concluded.

ATODA is the peak body in the ACT that represents government and non-government bodies working to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Further information about ATODA, including the details of the winners of the ATODA Awards, is available at

NB...In the Image Above:- Brian McConnell (President, Family and Friends for Drug Law Reform Member of Directions Board), Gerard Rees (outgoing President of Directions Board), Mary, Kate Pensa (Chief Executive Officer, Directions), Meg Kair (Counsellor, Directions) and her son, Alex, John Hargreaves (retired MLA, Member Directions Board).