Roberta Kitka, of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, was honored with the Theda New Breast Lifetime Achievement Award during White Bison's sixth annual Wellbriety Conference, held Oct. 27-29 in Denver. The theme of the conference was "Wellbriety Movement in Motion! Youth, Families and Suicide Prevention." Kitka is a drug and alcohol treatment specialist with SEARHC's Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center and Deilée Hít Safe Harbor House. She also served as project chairwoman for the Kootéeyaa Project Wellbriety totem pole, which has the Tlingit name "Yei éek kwa néix ("you are going to get well") and was raised Oct. 14 in front of the SEARHC Community Health Services building in Sitka. The Kootéeyaa pole celebrates healing, and the carving and pole-raising process involved hundreds of community members. At the pole-raising celebration, SEARHC President/CEO Ken Brewer presented Kitka with the President's Gumboot Award, SEARHC's highest award, "for your unwavering commitment to the Kootéeyaa Project."
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