NAMI Lowcountry Members Recognized by NAMI South Carolina
We are pleased to announce that two of our members were recognized at this year’s NAMI South Carolina Conference for “going above and beyond in advocating for people with mental illness and their families.”
Randall Peters is Solid Gold Member of the Year, “the individual recognized for long-term commitment to NAMI South Carolina and demonstrated public support for improving the lives of people with mental illness.”
Amy Nolde is Volunteer of the Year, “an individual or group who demonstrates outstanding volunteerism to NAMI South Carolina.”
Randall began with NAMI Lowcountry nine years ago as a participant and subsequently as a facilitator of Connection, a peer support group for individuals living with mental illness. His unwavering dedication has allowed NAMI Lowcountry to expand our Connection program to four locations in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Randall is also a presenter for In Our Own Voice (a program that addresses audiences about the journey to recovery) and a Parents & Teachers as Allies (a program which educates teachers and parents about mental illness in students). He also served on the NAMI Lowcountry Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of both the NAMI Lowcountry and South Carolina Consumer Councils, representing the points of view and needs of individuals living with mental illness. Randall has used his carpentry and mechanical skills to care for his peers’ needs, replacing toilets, door entry hardware, blinds, plumbing, wall repair and more. Randall’s love, compassion and humble service to NAMI Lowcountry and his peers exemplify what it means to be solid gold.
This year we celebrate Amy’s volunteer spirit and her commitment to a life of recovery for herself and others. Amy first joined a NAMI peer support group before the Connection Support Group had been formally introduced and remains an active participant. Over the past 25 years Amy has served in many capacities, including president of the Consumer Council, organizer of community education programs, advocate, fundraiser, and leader of a NAMIWalks peer team. Amy is treasurer of our Consumer Council and provides leadership for the peer-led annual picnic, extending a personal invitation to her peers to this important annual social event. She is instrumental in collecting and transporting holiday gifts for patients in psychiatric facilities in Columbia. Amy is an inspiration to her peers and encourages all to contribute to and benefit from the collective wisdom of the recovery community.