Helena refugee and mayor to speak in Columbus Nov. 13

By: 
Linda Halstead-Acharya
Thursday, November 8, 2018

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            Wilmott Collins

Wilmott Collins faced incredible odds as he fled violence in Liberia, became a resident of Montana and was elected by the people of Helena to serve as their mayor.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Collins retrace his story at noon, Nov. 13, at the Columbus Congregational Church Fellowship Hall at 148 North Fourth St.in Columbus.

The event is sponsored by Stillwater Rising and is one in a series of Stillwater Rising’s Community Conversations.

Collins was born, raised and partly educated in Liberia, West Africa. In the fall of 2017, he was elected mayor of Helena, Mont. Between his upbringing and his election, Collins’ personal story is both amazing and inspiring. And he tells it with grace, seriousness and good dose of humor.

He now lives in Helena with his wife (a registered nurse at the VA Montana). Their daughter serves in the U.S. Navy and their son is completing his education at the University of Montana.

Among Collins’ extensive resume, he holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management, serves on the numerous boards in the Helena area and has worked at the VA and for the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.

Stillwater Rising’s Community Conversations provide a venue for listening, learning, discussion and ultimately for enhanced understanding.

The public is invited and school classes are also encouraged to join us for this event.

For more information call Linda Halstead-Acharya at (406)322-5262.

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