AHCA Board Secretary/Treasurer
Executive Director Substance Abuse Prevention Services Albion. Longtime youth advocate Harry Bonner was recognized for his achievements with the presentation of an honorary doctorate by Albion College. Mr. Bonner also received the Stand Tall award from Starr Commonwealth, the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement in Community Service Award, the South Central Michigan Substance Abuse Commission Distinguished Service Award, and an Albion High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
A native of Tennessee and a 1965 graduate of Albion High School, Bonner spent 10 years working for Albion’s Corning Glass plant. In 1975, Bonner began working with Albion High School students, later becoming director of the Albion Drop-In Center, where he provided crisis intervention services to the community. He went to school evenings, specializing in crisis intervention, and became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He earned his associate’s degree in Human Services from KCC. He helped to start the first-ever Urban 4-H club.
His program, now known as Albion Substance Abuse Prevention Services, is still headed by Bonner. This organization also operates the Kids at Hope Youth Development Center at the First United Methodist Church.