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Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Press Releases, Opinion Editorials and Letters to the Editor
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Announces, “Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen—Especially You, Especially Now!,” This April, Child Abuse Prevention Month
This April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse NC reinforces the role that each person plays in ensuring that children, families and entire communities thrive by participating in the month-long nationwide campaign: “Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen—Especially You, Especially Now!” “April is a time to help people across North Carolina understand that safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments are necessary to ensure healthy child development,” explained Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO Sharon Hirsch. “We must work in partnership across all sectors to make prevention a priority so children can thrive.” Equally important is recognizing that the time to act is now. COVID-19 has made life difficult for everyone—especially children and families. Although the risk to our children’s physical health from the outbreak itself appears to be low, the risk to our nation’s children for experiencing child abuse and neglect in times of extreme stress and uncertainty is actually quite high. School and workplace closings can increase stress in parents’ lives, resulting from loss of income due to lack of paid leave; an unexpected or irregular need for childcare; and even food insecurity, when school meal programs and other valuable resources become unavailable. Additionally, an unintended consequence of social distancing is isolation, which contradicts science proving that social and emotional connectedness and support are protective of mental health and positive discipline strategies. We recommend the following ways to help raise awareness and impact positive change virtually during this year’s CAP Month: Show support for children and families by wearing blue on April 3, Wear Blue Day, posting a picture or video of yourself on your favorite social media channel(s) and including the #WearBlueDay2020 & #BeAConnection hashtags. Let your representatives know you support family-friendly policies, such as paid sick and family leave, that help reduce stress on parents and caregivers by participating in the 2020 Child Abuse Prevention Month Digital Advocacy Day, on Tuesday, April 28. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and share our posts widely—and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Use the hashtags #GreatChildhoods and #CAPMonth to let us know you’re committed to helping children, families, and entire communities to thrive. Click here for more ways to get involved in Child Abuse Prevention…read more
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper proclaims April 2020 Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to act collectively to raise awareness and empower people across the nation to play a role in making great childhoods happen. And our efforts to raise awareness and engagement and impact positive change this year are as vital as ever. Throughout this crucial Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re reinforcing the message that “Everyone can make great childhoods happen—especially you, especially now!” Read the signed…read more
Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) launched a new public awareness campaign to engage North Carolinians in building caring connections. Every day connections are more important than we ever believed. Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times, they help us heal. With each connection, we develop a healthier, stronger community. “This campaign emphasizes the importance of being a positive connection and will foster conversations about supporting families, so all children have strong foundations for their developing brains,” said Sharon Hirsch, President and CEO of PCANC. “We know that when we support parents, by investing upstream in programs and strategies that strengthen families, like increasing family-friendly workplace policies, we’re helping children thrive.” This multi-media campaign will run through the new year and will include, a public television screening of Resilience, in-person workshops and trainings, and experiential displays with ideas on how to be a positive connection. Part of the multi-media campaign is a public service announcement campaign featuring statewide influencers and individuals who talk about connections that matter for them. These clips are airing on the PCANC Facebook and Instagram channels. We encourage community members to be a Connections Matter Ambassador and share the story of their positive connections using the hashtag #BeAConnection. A new website, www.connectionsmatternc.org, hosts information on upcoming Connections Matter trainings, a downloadable toolkit, personal stories of how positive connections have changed lives, video clips from the campaign, and…read more
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) announces the election of its fiscal year 2019-2020 executive officers: Jed Hysong, board chair; Zeke Bridges, board vice-chair; Thomas Moore, secretary; and Michael Olander, treasurer and operations committee chair. The executive officers will lead a team of 17 statewide volunteer leaders dedicated to child well-being and family strengthening efforts across North Carolina. Jed Hysong is a CPA and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) with over 20 years of accounting and finance experience and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs. He has been actively involved on PCANC’s operations committee since 2012, its board of directors since 2013, and served as board treasurer from 2014-2016, and vice chair from 2017-2019. Hysong earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University. In addition to his service to PCANC, he served on the board for the Healthy Start Foundation from 2010 to 2016, was the board chair during FY 2015-2016, and has served on the board for the Triangle Chapter of Wrestlers in Business Network as the treasurer since its inception in 2014. Hysong lives in Pittsboro with his fiancée Jeanette Ragland, having successfully released his son, Miller, and daughter, Helena, into young adulthood. Zeke Bridges currently serves as the law school’s assistant dean of administration and as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell’s Law School in downtown Raleigh. Bridges has been actively involved on PCANC’s external relations committee since 2013 and served on PCANC’s operations committee in FY 2016-2017 and FY 2017-2018. In addition to his service at PCANC, Bridges volunteers with his local church and serves on numerous North Carolina and Wake County Bar Association committees. He is also actively involved in his local community. Bridges holds dual bachelor of arts degrees in political science and criminal justice from the University of Georgia in addition to receiving his Juris Doctor from Campbell Law School in 2003. He lives in Wake County with his wife, two daughters, and yorkiepoo, Buster. Thomas Moore is a principal at Cardinal Government Affairs, a Raleigh based firm specializing in government relations and advocacy. He joined the PCANC Board of Directors in June of 2012 and has served as chair of the PCANC civic education and engagement committee through FY 2017-2018. Moore served as the secretary of the PCANC Board of Directors FY 2018-2019. Moore graduated from NC State University with a degree in public relations and a minor in political science. He attended Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans where he was a member of the Moot Court competition team and an editor of the Maritime Law Review. Moore lives in Raleigh with his wife Jessica and their children. Michael Olander is the former President and CEO of the Apple Gold Group he founded in 1984. The Apple Gold Group was a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bars, operating more than 130 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. In 2018 he sold the Apple Gold Group and is currently in the process of developing both Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken along with Zambreo Mexican with a Mission in the Carolinas. Olander has been named as one of the 50 most powerful people in North Carolina business industry by Business Leader Magazine. He previously served on the PCANC Board of Directors from August 2008 through August of 2014 and has joined in serving as a board member again since August of 2016. He served as co-chair of the communications committee in FY…read more
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) announced the appointments of Audrey Kemp Curry, DDS, MPH; Ilina Ewen; Katherine Vail Pope; Susan Scott; and Catherine Williamson-Hardy, MPA to its 2019/2020 statewide board of directors. They join a team of 17 volunteer leaders dedicated to ensuring all North Carolina children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships. For Audrey Kemp Curry, DDS, MPH, attended Meharry Medical College to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. While in dental school, Curry served on a medical mission trip to Haiti. After graduation, Curry worked with the National Health Service Corp providing dental care to the Navajo Indian Tribe in Utah. She volunteered dental services and oral health education at Give Kids a Smile Day, health fairs, Baptists on Mission Dental Bus, and other events. Curry has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently working full time at Bull City Dental in downtown Durham, she still serves the underserved as a Locum Tenens at Piedmont Health Services. Audrey has volunteered in Durham at Families Moving Forward working with the youth, and Urban Ministries, NC Central University working with a first generational mentoring program. Ilina Ewen of Raleigh pens the blog “Dirt & Noise” and is a contributing writer for Walter Magazine. Ewen’s previous career history includes: Chief of Staff to the First Lady of North Carolina, Adjunct Professor at William Peace University, and leading her own brand strategy and marketing consulting business. Ewen has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications. She currently serves on the board of VAE, and has previous volunteer experience serving as former board member of SAFEchild, a founding board member of the Cecilia Rawlins Fund, served on the Enloe School Improvement Team, was a UN Foundation Shot@Life champion leader for North Carolina, and served on the Green Chair Project advisory committee. After serving on the board of SAFEchild for six years, Ewen’s personal and professional time became devoted to advocating for children’s well-being and became particularly interested in the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Ewen earned a BA in History form the University of Virginia and MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. Catherine Williamson-Hardy of Durham has over 25 years of experience in the human services field and over 12 years of experience as a professional trainer and consultant. After serving five years as the Assistant Director of Customer Accountability and Talent Development at Durham County Department of Social Services, she was appointed Interim Director of Durham County Department of Social Services by the Durham County Board of Social Services. At the end of her tenure as Interim Director Williamson-Hardy was named Deputy Director of Durham County Department of Social Services. Williamson-Hardy worked as a professional trainer for Appalachian State University, Barium Springs Home for Children, and in 2015, she became the founder and lead trainer of Creative Approaches to Talent Development, LLC (CAT-D). She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Williamson-Hardy is married to fellow Eagle Leroy Hardy. They have two children: Paige Hardy a graduate of North Carolina State University and Chad Hardy a senior at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Katherine Vail Pope of Raleigh is a dedicated child advocate and community leader. She has been involved with PCANC since 2009, serving as chair of the program committee in 2011-2012, chair of the program and policy committee chair in 2012-2014, board vice chair and co-chair of the program and policy committee in 2014-2015, and board chair in 2015-2017. Pope has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech and a M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia. Her career has spanned positions from counseling to employee relations. Pope also served on the Statewide Advisory Committee for Nurse Family Partnership. Before joining PCANC’s Board she served as a volunteer parent aide and HR Committee member with the Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) Center. Susan Scott of Durham is the Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer at UNC-TV. Scott is a public media executive with experience ranging from sales leadership and strategic operations to communications and marketing. Scott served as startup mentor and venture advisor for Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Venture and worked abroad during her time with Turner Broadcasting. Scott volunteered as a Board Member for Durham Housing for New Hope and served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Board for the National Chair of Women in Cable Telecommunications. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Theater of Durham and serves as Secretary and Treasurer for the Durham Sports Commission. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “These diverse community leaders bring with them unique skill sets, connections, and experiences that shape their invaluable perspectives,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “We are so grateful they are joining the Prevent Child Abuse NC team as champions for expanding our connections and footprint to reduce North Carolina’s maltreatment rate and improve outcomes for more children and families. They will all serve a three-year term on the PCANC…read more
“Claire’s experience in nonprofit philanthropic work, and child development, including a previous role where she worked with PCANC, make her uniquely qualified to lead PCANC’s philanthropic efforts,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “Her robust experience in development, knowledge of implementation science, and outstanding relationship building skills, are assets that will benefit PCANC’s strategic growth and help us continue to improve outcomes for North Carolina’s children and families.” In her most recent role as Director of Volunteer Services for SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, Veazey created a volunteer giving initiative that raised $30,000 in ten days. Prior to joining SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, she served as the Project Manager for the NC Implementation Capacity for Triple P project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, which works closely with PCANC. Her past philanthropic experience includes serving on the board of directors for Healthy Girls Save the World, serving as a member of the fund development committee for Girls on the Run of the Triangle, and as a member of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. Veazey holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her overconfident cat, Kevin. “I could not be more excited to join this incredible organization and work alongside such dynamic, smart and passionate people,” Veazey said. “Prevent Child Abuse NC’s mission has always been close to my heart and I am looking forward to raising both awareness and support of this important…read more
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s (PCANC) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it two prestigious nonprofit awards: a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, and a Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.
PCANC Applauds Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 95 on Paid Parental Leave as a Policy Measure That Can Save Lives of NC Children
Studies show that paid family leave is a critical business and public policy that can prevent child abuse and neglect and potentially save the lives of children during an especially vulnerable time period, the first year of life.
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