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Center for Family Life and Recovery names award winner

Posted 4/27/22

UTICA — The newly named Paul Dunn Advocacy Award, after Paul Dunn, a longtime Center for Family Life and Recovery board member, will be awarded to Cassandra Sheets, chief executive officer at CFLR. …

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Center for Family Life and Recovery names award winner

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UTICA — The newly named Paul Dunn Advocacy Award, after Paul Dunn, a longtime Center for Family Life and Recovery board member, will be awarded to Cassandra Sheets, chief executive officer at CFLR.

“This year, the leadership team, in conjunction with The Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) board, has chosen CFLR CEO, Cassandra Sheets, as the recipient of the inaugural Paul Dunn Advocacy Award in honor of her tireless efforts to move the agency forward over the last 15 years,” reads an announcement from the organization.

“When Family Services of the Mohawk Valley and the Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism and Addictions (MVCA/A) merged to form Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc., Cassandra played an integral role in making growing the newly formed agency,” the announcement said. “Through her vision and leadership, alongside the CFLR board and Paul Dunn, Sheets moved forward an organization forward, committing to provide resources and leadership to improve our community’s understanding and awareness
of mental and substance use disorders.”

“If you know her, you know that she strives every day for CFLR to be a community partner, it is important to her that CFLR continue spreading the message of hope to our area; especially, to those who are suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction, as well as mental illness,” says Kerr Flanders, Director of Marketing and Development.

“Cassandra is a stellar example of a mentor and a strong female leader in the world of nonprofit work,” added Sara Haag, EAP/clinical services director. “She gives so much of herself to what the community and vulnerable individuals need, especially those struggling with mental health and substance use. I consider her a friend, and greatly admire her community-focus and dedication of her career to helping others not just in the work of CFLR, but also modeled in who she is: a kind and caring example of what it means to lead with integrity and give advocacy life and voice.”

Michele Kohl, chief operating officer at CFLR said, “The biggest lesson I have learned from Cassandra is life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving
forward, and savoring the journey. Cassandra has taught me to be successful, yet we must also fail. Those failures will hurt but will make the successes even sweeter.”

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. supports individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness, and transforming lives.

It operates offices at 502 Court St. in Utica; 510 Erie Boulevard W. in Rome; and 205 N. Washington St. in Herkimer. For more information, go online to www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com or call 315-733-1709.

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