Hays to be honored by YSB on Feb. 9

The Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau is thrilled to announce that Jackie Hays, parent education and support coordinator, has been chosen to receive a Paul Harris Award from the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club.

She will be honored at a banquet Thursday, Feb. 9 for her exceptional service to the community.

The award was created in memory of Paul Harris who established Rotary International over 106 years ago and it is the highest award presented by the Club. Its purpose is to acknowledge outstanding contribution and exceptional service to the community.

Hays is a licensed social worker and has extensive experience working with youth and families. After completing a degree in social work at the U of M in 1979, she was hired at the Wilder Foundation and served eighteen years. Her positions included director of Aftercare and Family Services, and director of Case Work.

While at Wilder, Hays became involved in developing an annual Minnesota Adolescent Females Conference to highlight the special needs of girls and was awarded the Mary Scully-Whitaker award for her role in the events. After a year of retirement in 2000, Hays was hired to work part time at LAYSB.

Among other services there, she offers a free, drop-in Parent Support Meeting every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for parents who have questions or frustrations they would like to talk through.