East Haddam woman earns Kennedy Service Award

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WASHINGTON (WTNH) — East Haddam resident Theresa Govert will be honored by Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Redelet at the John F. Kennedy Serivce Awards in Washington D.C. on September 23rd. She will be one of six members of the Peace Crops to be honored for outstanding public service both here in the U.S. and abroad.

Govert began by serving in Botswana in August of 2013 a was a volunteer leader with a local gender affairs department and non-governmental organization. Currently, she splits time between organizing events focused on gender equality and working  to develop a beauty salon and spa that also provides an alternate employment opportunity for female workers.

Before the Peace Corps, Govert graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and women, gender, and sexuality studies. It’s easy to see why she has chosen to become such an involved member of the Peace Corps as the daughter of two returned volunteers and being raised next to a training center in Kenya when she was younger.

Over the last two years, Govert has used creative expression as a way to establish safes spaces for people to gather and discuss gender issues. Working with 15 communities in Botswana to participate in the One Billion Rising campaign to raise awareness about gender based violence.

“I am very proud to celebrate these exceptional members of the Peace Corps family,” said Director Hessler-Radelet. “To them, public service is a way of life and their dedication to promoting our mission of world peace and friendship is inspiring. No matter where they’re serving, the connections they forge and the difference they make in the lives of others exemplify the Peace Corps spirit.”

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