The board would like to let everyone know of some changes that have occurred within Not One More Seattle. We haven’t gone away and apologize for not keeping everyone up to date but we’ve been hard at work to take us in a new and exciting direction.
There have been some changes to our board. Leading us in our endeavors is our new President, Ed Peterson. He is a retired teacher and school principal. He has worked with several school districts and has many connections with schools throughout Washington State. He is married to Cindy and has two adult children and is grandpa to a darling little boy! We are so excited to have him working with us! He is a go getter!
Here is a little more about Ed and why he wants to be a part of Not One More…
My background is simple, I retired from the Air Force, became a high school math teacher and then a high school administrator, with two healthy and active kids. There are no words to describe how our lives changed when we learned first-hand about OxyContin. This of course led to the use of heroin and he has been battling his addiction for over 7 years. When trying to learn more about addiction and looking for some type of support in the northwest, I came across the web site for Not One More. Finally, a resource in the local area that looked like an excellent source to gain information, learn about resources and to help promote change in the Seattle-Tacoma area. I became a part of the group to be able to visit schools and speak with students and staff. I wanted to educate them on how nasty this drug is and to share with them our stories so they can see how it can impact anyone, anywhere, at any time. No one has immunity. Through these conversations, I want students to start speaking with their friends and families about the drug and its impact on our local areas and how many people are dying needlessly every day. This was in hope of saving at least one person. None of us know which one of us is an addict. It is just lying inside our brains until you take that first step and awaken that monster of addiction. I want those young people in our high schools to be the real catalyst of change in our communities. They are the true “change agents” and can make the biggest difference in battling addiction by getting someone from not taking that first deadly step. My goal is to make a small difference anyway that I can in battling addiction. I hate this drug!
We want to say a special thank you to Steve Redmond for serving as our President for the past year and to Kim Chilcott as our Treasurer. Steve’s non-profit group, Code 4 Northwest, has just blossomed and he needs to focus his time and attention there. We can’t thank him enough for all the help and support he has given to us at Not One More. Steve says he will still help us when we need him. We also want to give a big thank you to Kim for starting this Seattle Chapter. After losing her son she felt a need to find a way to educate kids and their families. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have this chapter and we can’t thank her enough. Dealing with her loss has been extremely difficult and while she feels she cannot commit the time and energy to being on the board, she is happy to help with events and activities. And we couldn’t be happier to have her still connected to Not One More!
Ed has been working on some exciting things for us. Here are a few of them…
I have been trying to get a better understanding of how we as a group can help to make a difference in our communities. Part of that is trying to learn what is going on around us and the steps being taken to help battle heroin addiction. I was fortunate to be able to sit down and speak with Jeff Sakuma who is overseeing the implementation of the clean use program in Seattle. He had so much good information to give, far more then space in this letter. One key point that resonated with me was his view to make sure that as they implement this program they will still always take a holistic approach when dealing with those impacted with the disease of addiction. Next, I have been trying to plant seeds of discussion and awareness in some of our local high schools by meeting with leadership students and asking them to reach out to the student body in different ways to have open discussions on heroin in an effort to break down the stigma attached to the drug. I am providing them each with banners to hang in their schools to keep our Not One More logo out in the schools. I am also talking to them about building gallon size bags to hand out to the homeless with different personal hygiene items, gloves, socks and snacks - since many homeless are also addicts. This allows the students to be able to have instant satisfaction of helping someone and making a difference. I have visited two schools and am looking to enter two more schools shortly. My next move is to meet with portions of the student body to run an active panel type discussion after showing the students Poison. I need for them to have buy in to ensure this conversation continues. Anyone who would like to join me is always welcome.
We are still interested in getting our message into multiple locations, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, let us know. We are also going to focus on outreach to the homeless. On a monthly basis we would like to take to the streets with a sack lunch and a list of resources that are available in the Seattle/Tacoma area to individuals in need. We are also working on a list of items to put together for the homeless that we will be sending out shortly! If you like to help with this let us know.
We are going to have regularly scheduled meeting, once per month, at the Burien Starbucks. We will try and meet on a Saturday or Sunday as it is hard for folks to meet after work coming from both the North & South ends.
MOST IMPORTANTLY WE NEED YOU! If you are interested in helping and coming to the meetings, please let us know. We are working on partnering with other groups that have the same vision and passion as Not One More. Remember, it take a village to make things happen and we need you and your friends to come together to help us fight and win this battle. If you have any ideas or suggestions to help us move forward and grow, please feel free to share them with us. Let’s Do This and Not Let One More Go!
We thank you!
The Board of Not One More Seattle
President Ed Petersen; Vice President Kelli Vogel; Recording Secretary Lisa Dove; Treasurer Randi Baker