Some Sad News….

We have some sad news to share with all of you. Back in July when Wayne Tormala lost his son Derek unexpectedly, I wrote briefly about how over the past 5 years or so we as a group, BTCD and our partners, have all grown beyond just contractor to something more. We’ve all shared the ups and downs of life together. Through this, I felt it necessary to share some sad news with you all.

I regrettably announce that we have lost one of our own, Suzanne Trezise from the Apache County Health Department. Suzanne lost her battle with cancer on November 16th. Many of you worked with, partnered with and/or at least had met her at various BTCD meetings over the past few years. As with many of you, Suzanne lived and worked in a small community and had a vested interest to better her community. My heart goes out to her family and her friends (many of which are co-workers) and to all the people in Apache County who lost a dedicated advocate for their health and wellbeing.

I asked her fellow colleagues in Apache County, Robin Aguero and Mary Romero, to send me a little more insight into Suzanne’s life and work as they knew her best because she wasn’t just a co-worker, she was also a dear friend. See below:

Suzanne Trezise worked for Apache County’s BTCD for the past three years. She amazed us with her tenacity to move our program forward with our new scope of work last year. She became trained for CDSMP, then went on to become a Master Trainer, and was ever so passionate about what she taught. She was instrumental in getting our CDSMP program going, and the reason we not only had a master trainer, but two staff certified to teach Tomando as well. Suzanne was adored by the school staff and students that she worked with through Tobacco Prevention, and looked up to as a diligent and efficient member of every project she participated in within the community. We will miss her weekly uplifting messages she would send us, and her positive “can do” attitude.

There will be a memorial service for her on December 8th, in Springerville.

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