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News Release
October 18, 2007
Media Contact:  Tina Clark, APR
Director of Development & Community Relations
207-784-4110 x 158
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contact Tina at tclark@tcmhs.org


Psychiatrist, Artists Honored for Inspiration & Passion for Mental Health

1. John Sytsma, MD, a long-time Psychiatrist and part of the Tri-County Mental Health Services Medical Staff, was honored with the agency's Inspiration Award. The award was presented at the TCMHS Annual Meeting on October 17 in Lewiston. Dr. Sytsma is pictured with his wife Kathryn.
2. Tri-County Mental Health's Giving Voice Award was presented to the performers who have lent their voices to raise awareness and funds for mental health services. Pictured are Catherine Ryder, TCMHS Program Director and Director of the Concert, Dan Moreno, TCMHS Board President, Marie Rosado (accepting the award on behalf of her father James Rosado), Tonya and Scott Perry, Dave Moreau, Jagger Trouant, Mackenzi Masselli, and Executive Director Chris Copeland. Absent from photo: Charlie Ames, Jody Bagley, Leonard Bromberg, Kerry Dyer, Kathy Everett , Tony Farides, Jessica Morrison, Nicholas Place, Joanne Rawlings-Sekunda, Patty Roberge, and Brenda Washell.

Lewiston- Tri-County Mental Health has honored John Sytsma, MD, of Farmington and the performers from the Inspired Voices Benefit Concert with its highest awards.

Dr. Sytsma, a Psychiatrist, received the Inspiration Award, which is given to a staff member who demonstrates excellence and exemplary commitment to serving clients and achieving the agency's mission. He is a long-time member of the medical staff, and has practiced in the Farmington region for over 24 years. Consumers of services and staff nominated him for the honor, saying "John is a long term employee that has thoroughly dedicated himself and his profession to serving the population in this rural area." Client comments and dedication speak to his compassion: "Dr. Sytsma listens to me…Dr. Sytsma is fair…Dr. Sytsma helps me settle down and feel normal. He is part of the community. John is steadfast and offers all staff support." Executive Director Chris Copeland and Medical Director Colin Pope joined in honoring Dr. Sytsma and thanking him for his passion for compassionate, quality, community based mental health services. The Giving Voice Award was presented to a group of individuals who literally lent voices to people with mental illness by sharing their own voices. This group has volunteered hundreds of hours over two years, on evenings and weekends, to put together the Inspired Voices Concert, held each spring at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston. This event has become a signature event for the agency, helping to celebrate our work and the hope and dignity of its consumers in a powerful, respectful way. This group truly and literally "gave voice" to the mission of Tri-County and the people it serves. Performers on hand to accept the award were: Charlie Ames (Rumford), Mackenzi Masselli (Lewiston) , Dave Moreau (Wayne), Tonya Perry & Scott Perry (Turner), Jagger Trouant (Durham), and representing James Rosado (Jay) was his daughter Maria. Absent were: Jody Bagley (Portland), Leonard Bromberg (Rumford) Kerry Dyer (Standish), Kathy Everett (Mexico), Tony Farides (Windham), Jessica Morrison (Lewiston), Nicholas Place (Portland), Joanne Rawlings-Sekunda (New Gloucester), Patty Roberge (Lewiston) and Brenda Washell (Lewiston).

Tri-County Mental Health Services is one of Maine's most respected and progressive agencies dealing with the psychological and social well-being of children, adults, and elders. TCMHS serves over 10,000 individuals each year in Androscoggin, Northern Cumberland, Franklin and Oxford counties with innovative programs and services addressing mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation/dev-elopmental disabilities, autism, and more. The agency is a state, regional and national leader in trauma-informed and recovery-based service delivery, and strives to offer hope to individuals, families, and communities. Visit www.tcmhs.org for more information.