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Jill Weinischke receives lifetime achievement award for prevention efforts

November 26, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.
Jill Weinischke, center, is pictured with the Jim Smith family. Weinischke recently received the Jim Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for her prevention efforts in south Arkansas. (Contributed)

Jill Weinischke, community impact manager for SHARE Foundation, was awarded the Jim Smith Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arkansas Prevention Network at their meeting last week in Rogers.

The Jim Smith Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant career impact over a minimum of 15 years and honors them for outstanding contributions to the prevention field in Arkansas.

The award is given in honor of Jim Smith, who served as coordinator of the Region One PRC (pregnancy resource center) from the early '90s until his retirement in 2006. Smith's knowledge and understanding of prevention were known across the state and at national levels. Much of his energy focused on grant writing to bring more dollars into the prevention field in Arkansas and he was a strong supporter of statewide prevention programs.

Over the years, Smith's example and mentorship of Arkansas professionals helped many succeed in grant writing, prevention program development, seeking state and federal funds and becoming prevention-certified.

Weinischke models this example within her role in Arkansas substance abuse prevention. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist and works for SHARE Foundation doing youth substance abuse prevention with eXtreme Youth Programs. She also manages work of the Union County Violence Intervention Plan in south Arkansas and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Drug-Free Communities Grant recently awarded to the SHARE Foundation.

"When talking about Jill Weinischke, there are so many great things that can be said. Jill is very knowledgeable and passionate about prevention, and she will do anything to help others," said Deb Crawford, project coordinator for community clinic.

Weinischke's character and love for people have consistently been demonstrated in her interactions with staff, students, partners and others she meets. When colleagues speak of her, they commonly say they have witnessed Weinischke thinking about others first and putting their needs before her own, often demonstrated in her dealings with local youth.

One colleague said, "Jill has stopped what she was doing to jump on a school bus to make sure that the student members of the eXtreme Youth Programs were able to join trainings and prevention activities."

Weinischke's love for faith, family, and people make her a rare jewel and deserving of this award.

"I had the pleasure of working with Jill on a daily basis for 11 years. It was common to arrive at the office and see Jill already hard at work finding ways to aid her local community," Crawford said." Also, at what most would consider the end of the day, Jill would still be hard at work, often at late night hours, searching for grants for not only SHARE Foundation, but also for other organizations that she could see as potential prevention partners in Union County."

Jill Weinischke, right, is pictured with Debbie Watts, SHARE Foundation VP of Community Impact. (Contributed)
Jill Weinischke, right, is pictured with Debbie Watts, SHARE Foundation VP of Community Impact. (Contributed)

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