The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition for Maui, Molokai and Lanaʻi has many community partners that are active in the coalition and the community. We wanted to highlight one member, Selene LeGare, in particular as a thank you for all of her hard work and dedication to promoting health and wellness in Maui County.
Selene has been a member of HEAL since before the transition of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition (NPAC) to HEAL in 2016. She served as worksite wellness chair from 2009-2011, taking time off to work on a CDC obesity prevention grant with the Maui District Health Office. She is an extremely valuable member of the coalition because of her knowledge of coalition work, project management, public health, resources and partnerships available in the community, and her willingness to be of service. Her presence at coalition meetings helps to keep the conversation grounded and helps us break down large projects into manageable pieces.
Back in October, Selene was nominated to be the Vice Chair of the coalition by other members, which she accepted. However, in January the position of Pōhai Leader for the Access to Healthy Food Committee, also known as Pōhai ʻAi Pono, opened up and Selene was asked by HEALʻs coordinator if she would be willing to fill in this position instead. She accepted because of her interest in the activities and goals that ʻAi Pono had set for the upcoming year.
Although Selene was already working on a grant at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC) and teaching a Health Promotion course for their Community Health Worker program, she took on this volunteer leadership role with ease and determination. Selene helps the HEAL coordinator and coalition by providing agendas, notes, finding meeting space and taking the lead in facilitating the conversations to move initiatives forward. None of the behind-the-scenes work would be possible without Selene’s guidance and help.
Selene has been instrumental in partnering with the Maui Food Bank on increasing access to healthy food, and while she will be ending her time as Pōhai leader for ‘Ai Pono after accepting a new faculty position, she plans to continue being an active coalition member.
She is also looking forward to partnering with HEAL and the Maui Food Bank in her new role as Program Coordinator for UHMC’s Human Services Program. Selene is a one-of-a-kind leader and, on behalf of HEAL, we would like to thank her for all her hard work and dedication this past year! Mahalo Selene!
For more information on the HEAL Coalition for Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi, please contact the HEAL Community Coordinator Lauren Loor at firstname.lastname@example.org.