In order to recognize the achievements of North Jersey residents making a difference in their community, Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake hosted her monthly “Hour of Power” event as part of her community empowerment series on Thursday.
Assemblywoman Timberlake began hosting this series as a way for local community members to gather and address any issues affecting the area while seeking out potential solutions and celebrating successes.
The monthly events are held at Assemblywoman Timberlake’s District Office in East Orange.
This month’s focus was on veterans in honor of Veterans Day. The honorary veterans were:
- Stanley Edwards who served in the Navy, formed a little league football program to provide travel opportunities to inner city children, became a Department of Recreation Program Developer Specialist and served on the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association’s Minority Ethnic Society committee;
- Cheryl “Kit” Turner who served in an Air Force Medevac unit, became a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District Commander and is both president and founder of New Hope Village 4 Veterans – a business that helps military families find housing;
- and Jodie Reid who served seven years in the Army Reserves and now helps other veterans work through their trauma, depression and anxiety as a Licensed Social Worker.
“Each of these recipients courageously defended our country as members of the military and then came home and continued to make a difference in others’ lives,” said Timberlake (D-Essex and Passaic). “By recognizing their contributions, we thank them for their efforts and encourage others to follow suit in order to help make our community a better place.”