Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stedman Step-Up Scholar for 2017 Named

The following statement was submitted by David Liners, State Director at WISDOM.

June 5 marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and inspiration, John Stedman.  John was an outstanding community organizer and a man of deep religious faith. John not only overcame the demon of addiction, but he turned his struggle into his greatest strength as he exuded hope and life.

To honor John's memory, scores of people made donations, large and small, to the Stedman Step-Up Fund. The fund was established to pay the way each year for a Wisconsin person in recovery from addiction to participate in the Weeklong Leadership Training of the Gamaliel network.

The second recipient of the Stedman Step-Up Scholarship was announced last night, as the Chippewa Valley EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing) chapter - which John helped to establish - held its first-ever fundraiser.

Congratulations to Stacey Acuna, who will be attending the week-long training that begins on June 25. Stacey has shown commitment and dedication to growing the Chippewa Valley EXPO chapter since she joined in the fall of 2016.  She has also been active in attending both JONAH and WISDOM meetings and trainings.  She has recently taken on the role of local EXPO chair, and is participating in WISDOM's Race and Diversity planning team.

In 2018, Stacey will join Sarah Ferber (last year's Stedman Scholar) and Sharon Stedman (John's wife) to choose the next recipient.

As always, if you’d like to support EXPO or any of WISDOM’s projects, you can click here.

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