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WHEREAS, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood, such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect, which have a tremendous impact across the lifespan of an individual; and
WHEREAS, building resilience to protect against potential ACEs is a community responsibility; and
WHEREAS, a diverse coalition of individuals helps Virginia be successful and prosperous by building resiliency to such experiences; and
WHEREAS, the experiences and relationships of this broad coalition are crucial to helping these children and young adults build a strong foundation to live a healthy life; and
WHEREAS, nurturing communities paired with positive relationships help families to overcome such adversity; and
WHEREAS, creating and investing in programs, services, and policies that support children and adults can help to ensure that Virginia continues to develop resilience; and
WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to promote and foster resilience, thereby ensuring positive childhood experiences and strengthening our Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2-8, 2021, as RESILIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.