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Newsmaker: Norma Norris

| Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
Newsmaker: Norma Norris, 65, of Butler, PA

Noteworthy: CANDLE Inc., the Community Action Network for Drug-free Lifestyle Empowerment, recently won the 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits based on reviews from volunteers, donors and clients. Norris is the organization's founder and executive director.

Age: 65

Family: Husband, Charles; three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

Residence: Butler

Background: After a 21-year career in small-market radio, Norris became concerned about a heroin crisis in her community in 2004 and started CANDLE Inc., which sponsors reality tours that take students ages 10 to 18 and their parents through a substance abuse prevention program featuring a walk through the life and death of a teen on drugs. Each young participant is given a photograph of him or herself adjusted to show the impact of drug use.

Education: High school graduate; certified prevention specialist through the Pennsylvania Department of Health

Quote: “Any civic group, community or faith-based organization that wants to save lives can start a reality tour within 90 days, and reimbursement grants are available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. ... Information is at RealityTour.org.”

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