Conference Coordinator to be on United Methodist Global Council on Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Rosie Bachand, California-Nevada Conference Addiction/Recovery/Health Coordinator will be joining the leadership body created to support the work of the United Methodist Special Program for Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV). The Global Council will function as an advisory body that provides guidance and support to SPSARV by reviewing goals, setting strategies and making recommendations as well as advise on quadrennial and plans.
Bachand will participate in the Global Council with others from each of the United States jurisdictions, the African Task force on Drugs and Alcohol, and the European Board on Drug and Alcohol Concerns. The Global Council will meet four times each year and this year will begin with a meeting at Knoxville, Tennessee. The meeting location was chosen so that participants could view and learn from a Recovery Ministry “Recovery at Cokesbury” which is serving members of the locale who are faced with issues regarding abuse of alcohol, other drugs and other addictive behaviors.
As Conference Addiction/Recovery/Health Coordinator Bachand has developed education opportunities for Conference Clergy and Lay Leaders and resource material for those congregants needing information on recovery resources. She also helps support the Conference website page for Addiction/Recovery as well as Conference participation in Recovery Month each September.
Bachand, who has been a life-long Methodist, attends Central UMC in Stockton where she is a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) and is active in United Methodist Women (UMW) local offices and as District Social Action Coordinator offices. She became interested in addiction/recovery programs when she developed an award winning program for pregnant women who use drugs and alcohol during pregnancy. Bachand was named California Assembly Woman of the Year in 1995 and most recently was honored by her UMW local with the Outstanding Missioner honor. She also serves on many other city and community wide committees.