Governor, First Lady host first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol
Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum were joined Wednesday by more than 80 stakeholders, peer support specialists, people who have received peer support services and other individuals for the first-ever Peer Support Day at the Capitol.
The event highlighted peer support services in North Dakota and recognized the important work of peer support specialists, who bring hope by sharing their experiences and promoting a sense of belonging. Peer support has existed in the behavioral health field for decades but has grown rapidly in recent years.
“Peer support services play such an important role in the recovery process,” Helgaas Burgum said. “The sharing of our stories can liberate not only ourselves but those who face similar struggles. Peer support capitalizes on this by channeling open communication and storytelling between the affected individual and the peer.”
Burgum said work will continue during the 2019 legislative session to enable access to peer support by providing pathways to certification for peer support specialists. The governor and first lady also thanked the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division and its director, Pam Sagness, for training more than 100 peer support specialists so far this year. Three additional training sessions are scheduled in November and December. Learn more about the training at https://www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/.
Sanford kicks off Basin Electric annual meeting
Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford on Wednesday welcomed more than 1,000 attendees from nine states to Bismarck for Basin Electric Power Cooperative's annual meeting.
Attendees represented more than 140 member cooperative systems from Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
During his remarks, Sanford highlighted the state's immense workforce challenge and the ongoing efforts across state government to help fill an estimated nearly 30,000 open jobs. Additionally, he underscored the administration's commitment to a pro-growth, pro-business approach to move the state forward.
"We've seen our economy take off nationally and in North Dakota because we know that organizations thrive when they're not hindered by burdensome red tape and regulations and are allowed to innovate with government out of the way," Sanford said.
Burgum to honor military service at Veterans Day event
Gov. Burgum will honor the military men and women who have courageously served and fought for our country during a Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Dickinson.
Burgum will deliver remarks during the Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. MT (3 p.m. CT) in May Hall at Stickney Auditorium on the campus of Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive. The ceremony’s keynote speaker is Command Sgt. Maj. Alan P. Grinsteinner of the North Dakota National Guard’s 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
Last month, Burgum signed an executive order creating a task force to assess the current system for supporting military veterans in North Dakota and comprehensively examine how the state’s current resources can be organized to serve veterans most effectively. Individuals interested in serving on the Task Force can apply by Nov. 16 through the Boards section on www.governor.nd.gov. Under “Navigation,” select “Application Form for Boards and Commissions,” and select “Task Force for Veterans Affairs” in the drop-down list in the application form.
As a reminder, Gov. Burgum also signed a proclamation last week declaring Nov. 11 as World War I Remembrance Day and encouraging North Dakotans to ring bells in remembrance of those who served in The Great War. North Dakotans are encouraged to toll bells at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. County veterans service officers also are encouraged to read aloud the names of those from their counties who died in World War I, from the steps of their county courthouses after the bells have tolled 21 times.
Public invited to attend annual tree lighting ceremony and submit ornaments
Gov. Burgum and First Lady Helgaas Burgum encourage the public to join them for the annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. The theme of this year’s holiday tree is “Dream. Hope. Act.”
The governor and first lady invite individuals and groups to create and submit handmade, holiday ornaments for the tree that will be on display in Memorial Hall at the state Capitol. Ornaments can vary from traditional to contemporary but must be handmade to be hung on the tree.
Ornaments submitted should include the name of the person entering it, their email or mailing address, and a brief one- or two-line description of the ornament, including the art form used and whether the ornament was created through a class or special group. An ornament description listing will be available at the ceremony and will be emailed to everyone who submits an ornament.
Ornaments should be received in the Office of the First Lady no later than Nov. 26. The ornaments will become the property of the Office of the First Lady and may be hung on the state tree in ensuing years. Please mail ornaments to State of North Dakota, Office of the First Lady, Joey Ness, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, N.D. 58505.