Five years ago I was in a room with seven people to hold an election. A potential nominee was late and, as a result, I was nominated and voted in as Chairman of the Delray Beach Drug Task Force. It all happened so fast and no one in that room, including myself, had any idea of what impact the vote was about to bring into their lives, my life and to our City of Delray Beach.
The mission of the Delray Beach Drug Task Force is to provide Community Leadership and Education on issues related to and resulting from Substance Use Disorder. We do so by maintaining a network and forum to discuss, advocate, and influence issues with regards to Public Safety, Prevention and Rehabilitation.
The Delray Beach Drug Task Force is a volunteer organization conceived by a former Delray Beach Mayor in the early 1990’s. Its mission was to provide a forum for individuals concerned about the use of drugs and its impact within our community.
Today, the Delray Beach Task Force is comprised of diverse stakeholders, community leaders and change agents who are willing to Stand Together as One. We are in a time and space where solutions to the numerous issues that surround communities and those with Substance Use Disorder requires the engagement of collaborative coalitions.
The Delray Beach Task force will be having their 2017 SUD Talks event, U.S. For SUD: Stand Together as One, which will be an opportunity for individuals, communities and cities across the country to join in a national call-to-action. They will lead as one voice to change the way we think, feel, believe and treat Substance Use Disorder across the United States.
The main event will be live from the historic Crest Theater in Delray Beach on March 4th and live streamed via social media platforms throughout the nation. The event will feature a live interactive panel discussion. It will be an event that can give one voice to a national conversation.
It has been my honor to lead this organization. That day forever changed my life and my career. I remember that I asked the group to give me a chance and, in return, I promised the group one thing: Action!
We are in a time and space where solutions to the numerous issues that surround communities and Substance Use Disorder need
the engagement of diverse stakeholders, community leaders and change agents who are willing to Stand Together as One.
It has been my honor to serve Delray Beach and all our citizens, and also our surrounding communities that have turned to us for example and support. I have given you the best of who I am and ensured that I modeled the same philosophies I asked of you. I woke up with passion and ended my day with a passion for those who relied on our service and efforts.
I am leaving as Executive Director because I believe that for the
good of an organization and its people, leadership needs to change.
It is important to create an opportunity for a new leader to make a contribution to the Delray Beach Drug Task Force. Thank you, to all of you, who have stood by my side, answered any call to action, and who took pride in what we stood for as an organization throughout my years.
Suzanne Spencer is the Former Executive Director of Delray Beach Drug Task Force and the Founder and Producer of SUD Talks www.SUDTalks.org