Sunday, September 24, 2017
Tennyson Marceau joins the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) prevention staff as a Prevention Specialist through the Regional Prevention Partnership and Non-Competitive Tobacco grants.
Regional Prevention Partnerships and Tobacco grants are administered through the Vermont Department of Health and are awarded locally to entities like NVRH throughout the state. The goal of the grants are to collaborate with key partners in the area to reduce underage and binge drinking; prescription drug misuse and abuse; reduce marijuana use; and reduce tobacco use among adolescents and adults.
Under the grants, Tennyson educates the public about the hazards of substance misuse in all forms. He works in schools, implementing prevention programs that are sustainable and working on policies that benefit the community, like smoke-free parks and public areas.
Tennyson grew up in Lyndonville and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 2005. Due to some self-described poor choices in his early life, he spent some time in prison. While there, he decided to reinvent his life, committed to assisting people in trouble with addiction, and helping others in every way possible. He is a certified Recovery Coach and has completed numerous trainings with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). He has volunteered with “The Road Ahead” program in Portland, ME, designed to assist individuals who are pending sentencing in Federal Court; Tennyson has spoken to many groups about his own story, thereby strengthening his own commitment while inspiring others. He’s volunteered in prisons and mentored prisoners. Additionally, he enjoys reading and writing, writing about his life experiences, fear, fitness and freedom; he has published four books.
Tennyson enjoys community and group collaboration, which is what his job requires. He is pleased to be a part of the Prevention Team – “I really like my job! The collaboration between the hospital, police and the community organizations is exciting – we’re all working and talking to each other so we can make a difference.”
Cheryl Chandler, Regional Prevention Partnerships Coordinator says that she enjoys working with Tennyson. “Our skills compliment one another, he has a great sense of humor and we’re working very well together.”
Tennyson enjoys hiking, writing and spending time with his family.