Harrison County TRIAD/SALT Council Honor Those Making a Difference

On Thursday, the Harrison County TRIAD/ SALT Council took time to honor  those making a difference in the Harrison County community by hosting their Annual Banquet for Outstanding Volunteers in the community at  Woolmarket Prime of Life Center.

George Byrd, previous President of D’iberville St. Martin Chamber of Commerce  received the Mary Lou Buchanan Award for his service within the community, and Pete Raif was awarded the John Caranna Award for his volunteer work at Memorial Hospital.  Raif did not expect to be nominated for such prestigious award.

“I was surprised or shocked for me to get it because we all deserve it. We all deserve some type of award – not that we really want one –  but it’s just to be nominated or just somebody to notice we are doing something maybe it will spur somebody else to do something also,” Raif said.

Genna Smith, Chairperson for the Harrison County TRIAD/SALT Committee, says it’s important to honor those who give their time, especially our seniors.

“It’s just amazing the people and the support and the care that they give to the community so it’s just a way to give back and recognize them for what they do in the community,” Smith said.

TRIAD is a group that focus on the safety of senior citizens. Sheriff, police, and senior citizens gather monthly to discuss ways to improve the safety of senior citizens in Harrison County.

“They create a network of information to slow down fraud and scam they also help distribute the green reflective signs  which is free to other seniors in the  community,” Smith said.

Raif plans to continue to volunteer within the community.

“It’s a good way to keep active. I am retired 100-percent, so you got to get out and move around. You got to see people and talk to people,” Raif said.



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