After a short hiatus over the past few months, we are proud to announce our December Hero of the Month, Joan Smeland of Walks with Buddy!  

For those of you who know Joan – you know she is a real workhorse who wears many hats! She is a CT State Licensed Massage Therapist, a Wellness Coach, founder of “Walks with Buddy”, and a true philanthropist at heart hoping to raise awareness to wellness, suicide prevention and other mental health issues, like depression, anxiety and stress.

She created  “Paws Across Milford” – walking all 970 streets of Milford with her rescue pup Buddy, “CJ’s Charity Challenge (June)” – honoring her cousin CJ who lost her battle in July 2015, and her latest endeavor, “Walk Milford Challenge” – Sept 9th to get everyone is Milford walking to raise awareness and funds for Suicide Prevention Day.

Look for her again this Spring 2019 as she takes on the streets of Milford once again with Buddy and Dash! Joan you are truly our hero!

Read more about Joan and her endeavors at https://www.walkswithbuddy.com/ 

(submission from Milford Prevention Council)