PLATTSBURGH - Anne Bailey has been named the recipient of this year's Lillian B. Redcay Award.
The award was presented to Bailey during a reception at CVPH Medical Center Nov. 1. Bailey was recognized by the Clinton County Community Services Board for her more than 20 years of volunteer work in mental hygiene services.
During the reception, Bailey was credited for being "a valuable resource" during the formation of the Alliance for Mental Illness, which is today known as the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champlain Valley.
The world of mental illness hit particularly close to Bailey and her husband, Jim, in 1995 when their son, David, committed suicide after a long battle with mental health challenges. Bailey was credited with taking a very personal tragedy and turning it into a "courageous, compassionate and committed attempt to assist all those affected by mental illness," according to a letter of nomination for Bailey to receive the Redcay Award.
Steve St. Onge, chairman of the CCCSB who presented the award to Bailey, said her story is one that is "very moving."
"You're a role model for all of us," he said.
Sherrie Gillette, director of Clinton County Community Mental Health Services, who helped present the award to Bailey, agreed.
"Anne was one of the very first people I met when I came to Clinton County five years ago," said Gillette, "and it was clear to me then that this woman is a strong advocate for [mental health] services."
Bailey was humbled by the words of praise but managed to share her thoughts with those in attendance.
"I am very, very honored because it's quite amazing to be in the company of those who have received the award in the past," said Bailey.
"I'm very proud of her. She works so hard and is on the phone so much," said Jim Bailey. "It's well-deserved."
The Lillian B. Redcay Award is given to those who have made "outstanding contributions to community mental hygiene services by a volunteer." The award is given in memory of Lillian Redcay, a local college professor who had "deep convictions about the local mental health movement, family live and public service."