Saturday, October 30, 2010

Suzanne Snyder...She wears many hats.

Suzanne Snyder is no stranger to helping others. Growing up with a father who was a police officer and a mother who was a pediatrician Snyder now finds herself working as a prevention specialist for Your Human Resource Center in Wooster

The center is a private, non-profit organization that provides treatment, intervention and prevention services to residents of Wayne and Holmes Counties with mental health or chemical dependency problems.

Armed with many degrees of advanced training in her field, Snyder stated that one of the largest challenges to her job was being creative and finding new ways to deliver the message. She stated that one of the many facets of her job was teaching parenting skills.

“Often the most difficult part (of the parenting class) is getting people to show up. There seems to be a stigma attached to it. People think that if you are going to a parenting class you must be a bad parent and that is not the case at all.” Snyder told me.

The evening of the interview was a success. Three people were scheduled to attend the training and all three were in attendance.

Snyder also works in traffic safety as the coordinator for the Wayne County Safe Communities .

The coalition is made up of law enforcement, medical professionals, engineers/planners, traffic safety professionals, and community organizations. Members partner on a variety of projects to provide traffic safety education, and improve safety for all modes of transportation in our community. The group meets bimonthly at the Wooster Community hospital.

Snyder can often be found standing on a corner conducing safety belt surveys, speaking to teens at a high school lunch or educating motorcyclist at local “bike nights”. She is a social worker to does it all and cares about what she does!

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