UW-Extension Washburn County is excited to announce the addition of a full time Youth and Families Extension Educator, Danette Hopke.  Over the past six months, the Washburn County Extension Committee has been dedicated to working with the new Area Extension Director, Lori Baltrusis, to identify ways to help build resilient families in Washburn County.  Identified issues include: financial security, parent/relationship education, correctional education and building community capacity to address needs that affect youth and families countywide. 

Danette’s educational background includes both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Education.  She has a combined 28 years of experience in both healthcare and the world of education. Throughout her professional career she has been committed to education as a means to enhance independence, sustainability, and well-being.  She is a proponent of all efforts to empower individuals to realize their full potential spiritually, professionally, and personally.  Her professional topics of interest are physical and mental health and well-being, adolescent brain development, child and youth development including ACEs and trauma informed care, compassion fatigue and resiliency, sustainable living practices, and family and caregiver stress.  Danette will be defining her plan of work after meeting with community members to help determine priority programming.  “I am eager to begin networking, sharing resources, and building relationships that are necessary for working together to serve the residents of Washburn County,” Hopke reports.

Light refreshments will be served on Tuesday, February 13th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Washburn County UW-Extension office, 850 Beaverbrook Ave, Suite 1, Spooner.  Please plan to stop in the office and meet Danette.  We hope you can join us!

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