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2019 Learning & Leadership Summit - Awards Luncheon

Do you know someone who works tirelessly to support families and children? What better way to show appreciation for their efforts than to nominate them for one of these prestigious awards.

About the Luncheon

All children deserve the opportunity to grow up in safe, stable, nurturing, and responsive environments. Organizations and individuals throughout North Carolina work tirelessly toward making this dream a reality. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina invites you show a hard-working parent, professional, or volunteer that we not only see, but greatly appreciate their efforts on behalf of North Carolina’s families and communities.

On March 6, 2019, the Learning and Leadership Summit will pay tribute to a few individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to supporting the development of safe, stable, and nurturing communities where children and families can thrive. Recipients of the Donna Stone and Parent Leadership awards will be recognized during our Awards Luncheon. This special reception will be attended by hundreds of professionals, allied organizations, and programs working to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs in North Carolina. But most importantly, the recipients will inspire, motivate, and remind us all that our collective investments combine to reap big results for North Carolina families!


The Donna Stone Award

In 1972, Donna Stone founded the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (renamed to Prevent Child Abuse America in 1999), envisioning a unique partnership to end child abuse in the United States. Ms. Stone saw community engagement and volunteerism as the keys to preventing child abuse.

In memory of Ms. Stone’s invaluable contribution to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina established a memorial award in her name in 1986. The award honors a person or organization who goes above and beyond to support families in their efforts to provide children with the safe, stable, nurturing environments they need if they are going to be successful.

Your nominee may have developed and implemented a successful prevention strategy, conducted a successful public awareness campaign, or acted as an advocate on behalf of children.

Previous Honorees include:

2013 - Rachel Galanter, MPH, Family Support Program Manager, Exchange Clubs' Family Center, Durham NC

2015 - Elizabeth Hudgins, MPP, Executive Director, NC Child Fatality Task Force (2009-2014), Raleigh NC

2017 - Catherine Joyner, MSA, Women's and Children's Health Section, NC DHHS Division of Public Health, Raleigh NC



Parent Leadership Award

All across North Carolina, parents are gaining the knowledge and skills essential to function in meaningful leadership roles. These parents represent the “parent voice” that helps shape the direction of their families, programs, and communities. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina established an award to honor the contributions of a person in a parenting role whose involvement in local programs expands awareness, services, and support to others in their community.

Your nominee must have shown:

  • Exemplary leadership in advocacy, family support, community service, and community collaboration.
  • Examples of activities may include:
    • Supporting and partnering with parents within the community
    • Involvement in planning local community or state projects and services
  • Representation on advisory councils, committees, and community activities related to family support and child welfare services
  • Mentoring other parents to take leadership roles in the community
  • Involvement in evaluating programs or services
  • Working effectively with agency staff on program or policy development to strengthen services for families

Previous honorees include:

2013 - Brenda J. Barnes, Circle of Parents Grandparent Leader, BCPS FUTuRES Program, Morganton NC

2015 - Shamieka Thornton, Parent Ambassador, Vance County Parent Task Force, NC Cooperative Extension, Vance County Center, Henderson NC

2017 - Sam Bowman-Fuhrman, NC Division of Public Health Children & Youth Branch Family Partner, FRIENDS National Center Parent Advisory Council, Mount Airy NC



Both honorees will receive:

  • full scholarship to the Summit
  • a $500.00 stipend to help support child maltreatment prevention initiatives in their community
  • a plaque
  • a profile in our statewide newsletter
  • their name added to the award plaques on display in the PCANC office
  • special recognition on our website

Nomination Process

DESCRIPTIONS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION - The narrative description should include sufficient details about the nature of the prevention efforts, the impact of your nominee’s involvement, and any other recognition they have received for their act(s). Narratives should not exceed 300 words, and letters of recommendation should be no longer than one page in length.

Narrative descriptions, letters of recommendation, and all supporting documents MUST include the name of your nominee at the top of each page.

Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Winners will be notified by late January, 2019.

We look forward to hearing about the wonderful work your nominees are doing to strengthen & support NC families!


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