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WHEREAS, community members are vital to our Commonwealth’s prosperity and quality of life, and their experiences and relationships are critical to forming a strong foundation for healthy development; and
WHEREAS, families need safe, stable, nurturing communities and positive connections with caring individuals to foster healthy development; and
WHEREAS, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are defined as 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 buffer against potential ACEs is a community responsibility that affects the current and future quality of life throughout the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, investing in programs, strategies, and policies that support children and adults can help to ensure communities develop resilience; and
WHEREAS, now more than ever, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages all individuals, families, groups, and organizations to work together in efforts to promote and foster resilience, thereby ensuring positive childhood experiences and strengthening our communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 3-9, 2020, as RESILIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.