SMPA 2009 Award Recipients, November 17, 2009. These individuals were honored for their work with children, youth and families: Left to right, Sarah Ozyrk, Helen Corriveau, Ellen Decotiis, Kathie Chenard,
James Harmon II , Sgt. Jonathan J. Shapiro, Suzanne Berry and Charlie
Southern Maine Parent Awareness honored Arabella Perez, director of THRIVE System of Care in Lewiston, with its first Catalyst for Change Award. Perez, who lives in Portland, received the award at SMPAs Fall Family Conference in Wells earlier this month. Sue Henri-MacKenzie, SMPA executive director, presented the award to Perez, while Brenda Bennett, executive director of Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, looked on.