Member Spotlight: Christine Pennington

What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition?

I joined SWC to be a part of an organization that identifies the community needs, creates awareness, and works to spearhead change.

What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges?

Creating a cohesive approach between agencies to adjusting community problems within rural Virginia.

What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest strengths?

Our people! We have great energy and desire to help one another. Once we develop a unified approach and support network we will achieve our goals.

If you are employed outside your home, what kind of work do you do?

I am the co-founder of a family resource center in Chase City and also work with at-risk families to address past trauma and develop the skillset to overcome adversity.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?

I have no favorite sports team. I always root for the underdog.

What is something you’ve always wanted to do?

Travel to all seven continents

What is your favorite quote?

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson