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Each year the Council recognizes Volunteers of the Year for exemplary service to the State's Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program. The grassroots network of Alliances and its volunteers are more critical than ever in helping to communicate and execute the systems necessary to evoke environmental change in communities across New Jersey.

Their voice, energy, and commitment are powerful and necessary as we undertake the critical work of the Council and continue to spread the message that "Addiction Does Not Discriminate" as reflected in our statewide public awareness/anti-stigma campaign.  

2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards

It was an honor to recognize these volunteers at our 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony at the September 25th GCADA meeting. It was a beautiful and inspiring event that celebrated the extraordinary passion and dedication of the 2018 honorees. We were also so pleased to have Meghna Das from Middlesex County, one of the winners of the 2018 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music contest, perform her original song, The Voices In My Head.  Meghna has been studying music since she was 3 years old, including classical, jazz and Indian classical voice, as well as guitar and piano.  She has participated in musical theatre programs at NJPAC and NJSDA and has been songwriting and composing since 4th grade. 

W. Cary Edwards State Volunteer Award

This year the Council also celebrated the eighth year of honoring the W. Cary Edwards State Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.

It was Cary's vision to create a network of community-based efforts to address alcoholism and drug abuse, the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, and a dedicated fund for it, the Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund.  Cary's vision has been replicated throughout the United States and resulted GCADA's Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse being the largest network of anti-drug coalitions in the nation.

The 2018 Cary L. Edwards State Volunteer of the Year went to Roger Scull of the Vineland Township Municipal Alliance in Cumberland County.

Mr. Scull has been an integral part of the Vineland Township Municipal Alliance since its inception, and has played a critical role in the Alliance’s development.  Mr. Scull is a lifelong resident of Vineland and began his career in education as the School Social Worker for Vineland Public Schools.  He became the first Substance Awareness Counselor (SAC, now known as Student Assistance Counselor) and was elected as the Chairperson of the Vineland Municipal Alliance in 1993, a position he has held since.  His greatest accomplishment is his leadership, dedication, commitment and loyalty, which serve as the foundation for the Vineland Municipal Alliance.  He has served on numerous boards including the Cumberland County Mental Health Board, Domestic Violence Workgroup, and Cumberland County Human Services Commission.  Mr. Scull’s rich contributions to his community make him a deserving recipient of the W. Cary Edwards Statewide Volunteer of the Year award.

2018 VOY Awards Photos

2018 VOY Awards Program