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Nominate Your Favorite Champion for Children by May 11th

Do you know someone who is an unsung hero for Washington County’s children, ages 0-18? Someone who again and again goes ‘above and beyond’? 

Help us say ‘thanks’ by nominating her/him for the prestigious 2018 “Champion for Children” Award presented annually by the Washington County Coalition for Children (WCCC), the region’s key advocacy group for youth. 

But hurry, the deadline for nominations is Friday, May 11th. You can download a simple-to-complete nomination form here.
Your nominee for Champion for Children must have demonstrated a long-term commitment on behalf of children. (Current WCCC members are ineligible to receive the award.) Past Champions have promoted, secured, and/or delivered quality services to children and families in an exemplary fashion.

Past winners have been advocates, educators, foster parents, health care practitioners, and elected officials, and include:

•Joseph Dziobek, Executive Director, Welcome House

• Kathleen Marran Schlenz, Occupational Therapist and Religious Educator;

•Stephen Iaccoi, Westerly School Dept. Truant Officer and Mentoring Program;

•Ella Whaley, South Kingstown Town Council and local children’s advocate;

•Sensei Andrew Cornell, Gabrieles Martial Arts;

•Olympic Physical Therapy, Community Health & Fitness Programs;

•Pediatrician Celeste Corcoran, Coastal Medical: Narragansett Bay Pediatrics;

•Candy Lodge, North Kingstown Special Olympics;

•South Kingstown School Superintendent Dr. Robert Hicks;

•Tammy McNeiece, Special Education teacher at Curtis Corner Middle School;

•Deedra Durocher, foster parent and business leader;

•Kim Bossian, Head Start Health Coordinator for South County Community Action;

•Mark Hawk, Special Education Director for Westerly School Department; and

•Wilburn Logan of the Family Advocacy Project

Anyone can submit nominations, but hurry because the deadline is Friday, May 11th, 2018. The winner will be honored at the Coalition’s 16th Annual Children’s Issues Forum/Breakfast that will be held on May 31st at the Aqua Blue Hotel in Narragansett.
Interested people can download a nomination form here. For more information, contact Pamela Watson at (401) 523-6962 or

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