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GIFT director gets named for award

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - An island resident has received a prestigious award for her efforts to help local children. Mary Therese Edgerle, the executive director of the organization Guam Identifies Families Terrific Strength (GIFT), which assists families with children with mental health needs, received an unexpected honor while attending a national conference in November.

The ten-year-plus veteran in the field was presented with the 2010 Karl Dennis Unconditional Care Award. Dennis is the executive director of Kaleidoscope, Inc. - one of the first programs in the United States to provide intensive in-home services to children in foster care.  Edgerle will be in attendance at a "meet and greet for our families" hosted by the Department of Mental Health, to be held at their offices on the 2nd floor of the Terlaje Professional Building next to the Guam Legislature from 6-8 tonight.

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