Meet Jean Haladay Yentile, Vice President
“I joined Wakefield Alliance Against Violence in 2017 and was appointed Vice President in June 2022.
Joining WAAV is personal for me, as a mother and grandmother. I am passionate about supporting an organization that helps people in need or in crisis. I am one that truly loves working with people. Most importantly, I am proud of the work we do implementing programs within the Wakefield public schools teaching students in our community the core values of relationships and how to respect ourselves and others. Bringing awareness to others and sharing information is fundamental to guiding our youth. I feel strongly that educating our youth is vital in their choices to make healthy decisions.
I think it is extremely important to educate others. I started with educating myself by exploring the fundamental differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. My journey started with being open minded, reading books, attending events, speaking with others and learning from their stories. There are so many resources that are available in our community to help guide those in crisis. You are not alone.
I have witnessed domestic violence and the affect it has on the lives of loved ones. My goal and mission are to make a difference and to help others in need. WAAV is such a valuable resource for assisting victims to make one feel safe, welcomed, and supported. I am very honored to be part of an organization with a mission focused on awareness, education, and prevention of domestic violence.
Working together with the Town Departments of Wakefield, to achieve a safe place to live and to not live in fear, motivates me every day. We need to break the cycle of domestic violence. In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.”