Emily Marcus Awards | 2024 

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Emily Marcus (1969-2023)
It is with great warmth and fondness that we remember Emily Marcus, a beloved Convenor, Community Advocate, and esteemed member of the Board of Directors. Emily's impact on the LifeRing organization was profound, and her volunteer work and personal connections within the LifeRing community touched the lives of many.

In the spirit of Emily's boundless generosity and compassion, we established the Emily Marcus Awards in 2023 to celebrate exceptional achievements and contributions to our shared well-being. This special award serves as a symbol of gratitude and recognition for those who embody the values that Emily held dear. During the 2024 LifeRing Annual Conference, we were honored to acknowledge these remarkable individuals who have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to our mission. This inaugural presentation of the award pins are a heartfelt tribute to Emily's enduring legacy.

 


 

Emily Marcus Award for Outstanding Commitment

The Emily Marcus Award for Outstanding Commitment recognizes the person who initiated or improved processes to foster connection within the LifeRing Community.  

 

DecorativeSTIKS

It is with humble appreciation that we recognize Stiks for his exceptional courage and determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. At the time of the Lahaina fire and ever after, Stiks has overcome significant obstacles to promote positive recovery and has applied remarkable innovation, leadership, and perseverance in his efforts to bring LifeRing meetings to a community wracked with loss and despair.


Stiks' extraordinary dedication serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for others. 

—  Sue B. 

 

Emily Marcus Amazing Online Awesomeness Award

The Emily Marcus Amazing Online Awesomeness Award recognizes the online convenor who made a significant impact on the personal recovery plans of LifeRing online community members. 


DecorativeEWA CONROY

It  with great enthusiasm that we present this award to Ewa Conroy in recognition for her unwavering efforts to make LifeRing a positive and engaging space for everyone seeking recovery support. From her original engagement as a LifeRing Officer and Regional Representative to her well-loved Zoom meetings and mindfulness workshops, Ewa is truly an incredible contributor. Congratulations!

Ewa's always ... been positive in her messages, never disdainful or judgmental. She's a beacon of support; never judgmental or critical. And, as she became stronger and stronger in her own sobriety, she looked for ways to reach out to new people in her community.

—  Craig W.

Emily Marcus Amazing Local Awesomeness Award

The Emily Marcus Amazing Local Awesomeness Award recognizes the in-person convenor who made a significant impact on the personal recovery plans of LifeRing local community members. 

 

DecorativeMARILEE PETERSON

This year’s Emily Marcus award recognizes MaryLee Peterson, an outstanding Colorado convenor of an in person meeting. MaryLee has convened the Sunday Morning LODO meeting in Denver for sixteen years. During this time, the meeting has grown into a community of twelve to fifteen participants who are committed to the meeting. Many of them also attend the coffee klatch after the meeting. The success of this meeting is due in large part to MaryLee’s wisdom and sense of balance in cross-talk.  MaryLee has demonstrated remarkable tenacity in her service to Colorado LifeRing. She also supports other convenors by regularly attending their meetings and she and Luca, her 10 pound chiweenie, are regulars at our Saturday morning coffee gathering.


MariLee convenes the longest running in-person meeting in Colorado and has touched the lives of so many who joined this meeting for hope and community. 

—  Kathleen G.

 

Emily Marcus Award for Community Impact 

The Emily Marcus Award for Community Impact recognizes the person who drives recovery resources that greatly impact the LifeRing Community. 

 

Image of LifeRing Emily Marcus Award Winner Michael ToalANNA BEDOLLA

Y'all probably don't even know that Anna is the first point of connection for people reaching out to LifeRing for recovery support. She's the magic behind the "Connect with our team" website button.  Go ahead -- give it a try. And be sure to congratulate her on a work well done!


This should be called the Anna All Around Awesomeness Award!

—  Not So Anonymous

 

Emily Marcus Award for Expansion Impact 

The Emily Marcus Award for Expansion Impact recognizes the person who made the greatest impact on introducing LifeRing to outside organizations.  

 

DecorativeBOBBI CAMPBELL

We are thrilled to recognize Bobbi Campbell for her tremendous efforts to introduce LifeRing to the fast (and frustrating) world of Social Media. recovery communities, healthcare providers, treatment professionals, and yes, judicial organizations. Bobbi has  demonstrated exceptional collaboration, talents, resources, and expertise to achieve remarkable outcomes. Check it out!


If you don't know why Bobbi's receiving this award, you aren't Mark Zuckerberg!

—  All META Support Reps

Emily Marcus Award for Development Impact

The Emily Marcus Award for Development Impact recognizes the person who initiated or improved processes to foster connection within the LifeRing Community.  

 

DecorativeJIM RINGLAND

Jim is being honored for his unwavering efforts to keep our eGroups accessible to everyone seeking positive recovery support. None of us have a clue about the "behind the curtain" workings of these jewels of the LifeRing recovery resource network. We are so grateful that Jim does and we greatly appreciate this opportunity to bring his efforts to light.

Jim is our Ghost in the eGroup Machine! He saved LifeRing eGroups from being blacklisted by Google for supposedly propagating spam. Jim worked with the developers and with eGroup subscribers to ensure no one was banned. Seamless!

—  LifeRing eGroups

 


In Her Own Words

image of Emily Rose Marcus

For me, lockdown in 2020 led to a grave diagnosis and total transformation. (Although perhaps that is not the correct word, because, what? I transformed from a normal healthy and furloughed person to a terminally ill cancer patient with a stunningly bad prognosis. At least it’s the truth.)

My point is, I’m delighted to be able to support the work LifeRing is doing, the support and methodology it continues to provide, and its grand expansion, now and in the future.

— Emily Marcus, December 7, 2021