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Theresa has spent her life working to make her community stronger.

And she wants to continue her fight.

After serving with the United States Peace Corps, Theresa Govert was awarded their highest honor, the John F. Kennedy Service Award given every 5 years to six individuals who "go above and beyond for the Peace Corps and America every day." Theresa has spent years working with survivors of gender-based violence running a national campaign in Botswana, in South Africa attending national policy deliberations and analyzing their impact on women and girls, and at the University of Connecticut working with student survivors to strategize to create some of the strongest campus sexual violence laws in the nation. 

Theresa has been on the ground addressing the devastating impacts of the opioid crisis working for two years at an in-patient treatment facility and in 2017 organizing a Folk Festival that raised about $10,000 for local and statewide organizations providing education, prevention and treatment for people struggling with substance-use disorders. 

In 2016, Theresa founded and was the first chair of an organization that reaches over 1,000 people in the local area with weekly, user-friendly information about how they can make their voices heard in government, raised more than $30,000 for worthy causes—including weekly coordination to help East Haddam's Food Bank. For her work, the Connecticut Women's Legal and Education Fund recognized her with its Future is NOW Award for outstanding change leaders under 40. 

Theresa is currently a full time care-taker for her grandmother putting her in a unique position to understand the challenges facing seniors in our community.  She has recently purchased a home in her beloved hometown, where she was awarded East Haddam's Volunteer of the Month helping her understand the challenges facing young people and working families in Connecticut.