Theresa Govert is an East Haddam resident, age 27, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer. She has spent years working with survivors of gender-based violence running a national campaign in Botswana reaching over 200,000 people with prevention messages, in South Africa attending national policy deliberations and analyzing their impact on women and girls, and at the University of Connecticut working with student survivors to strategize to create some of the strongest campus sexual violence laws in the nation.
After serving with the United States Peace Corps, Theresa was awarded their highest honor, the John F. Kennedy Service Award given every 5 years to six individuals who "go above and beyond for the Peace Corps and America every day."
Theresa also worked for two years at an in-patient treatment facility which addresses the devastating impacts of the opioid crisis, and in 2017 organized a Folk Festival that raised over $10,000 for local and state-wide organizations providing education, prevention and treatment for people struggling with substance-use disorders.
As a community activist, she has raised more than $30,000 for worthy causes – including weekly coordination to help East Haddam's Food Bank, and organized sister events for the Women's March, March for Science and others bringing together hundreds of people from across local communities to amplify their voices.
For her work, Theresa was awarded The Future is Now Award of the CT Women's Education and Legal Fund; and the University of Connecticut’s New England Scholar Award, as well as the Andrea D. LaVigne Scholarship for Advancing Diversity. She was chosen the Town of East Haddam’s 2009 Volunteer of the Month.
She was a co-founder and leader of the Indivisible Group, Together We Rise, Building Bridges for Justice. Theresa is currently running for State Representative in Connecticut's 34th District which includes the towns of East Haddam, East Hampton and a portion of Colchester.
“I am passionate about making Connecticut a place where young people have opportunities, working families are supported, and our retirees can live with security and dignity. As the State Representative for East Hampton, East Haddam, and Colchester, I will work to help our community thrive and grow.”
Visit Theresa's campaign website: https://govertfor34.com/meettheresa
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