April 7 community briefs
Newberg resident Raina Dey, public relations director for the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OMVA), received the President's Award from the association at its annual meeting in March.
The award is given annually "to an individual or group who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA and veterinary science," a press release said.
As PR director of the organization, Dey is responsible for facilitating outreach about the veterinary profession and stressing the importance of veterinary care for all animals via such events as the Oregon State Fair and AgFest, as well as through traditional and social media.
In addition to her work with the OVMA, Dey is also co-chairperson of the Newberg High School Performing Arts Booster Club. She formerly worked in the continuing legal education department at the Oregon State Bar.
After the death of their infant daughter in 2002, Dey and her former husband established the Nora Madelyn Fund for Infant and Child Loss as part of the Providence Newberg Health Foundation. The fund provides support and resources to bereaved families in the Newberg community who have experienced pregnancy loss or the death of a child and hosts two remembrance events each year—a walk and a butterfly release.
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