State LWV honors Westporter for gun-control efforts
A member of the League of Women Voters of Westport has been honored by the statewide league for her work in gaining passage of state gun-control legislation in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
Alison Rivard was presented the League of Women Voters of Connecticut's Percy Maxim Lee Award, given intermittently to a member who has moved Connecticut legislation that accomplishes the leagues goals, according to the Westport group.
The award was presented at the state league's annual convention June 1 in New Haven.
As social policy director in the state league's campaign for stricter gun laws, Rivard worked with CT Against Gun Violence/March for Change to develop an advocacy campaign, the Westport league said in a news release.
The campaign was in response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.
The legislature earlier this year approved the Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Act, and it was signed into law by Gov. Dannell P. Malloy on April 4.
Rivard has been a member of the Westport league since 2005 has served as co-vice president for program/advocacy and was co-president from 2008-2010.
At the state level, she recently was elected vice president of public issues after serving two years in the social-policy post, according to the release.
The Percy Maxim Lee Award is named for the late, state league president who served at the state and national levels for more than 16 years, according to the release.