Children’s Network Shines a Light on Child Abuse

HS Connection Staff - HS Connection Newsletter County of San Bernardino
Human Services
The County of San Bernardino Children’s Network held their 15th Annual “Shine a Light on Child Abuse” awards March 28 at the National Orange Show. The awards acknowledged agencies, departments and community partners who have provided exceptional service and have made a commitment to the safety and well-being of youth at risk.  “They are unsung heroes who are doing work to which much of the general public say ,‘I could never do that job,’” said Children’s Network Officer, Amy Cousineau.  “The Children’s Network Annual Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast is a way to honor and thank them for their work with children and families.”
Norm Dollar, who recently retired from Children and Family Services, was awarded the highest honor of Lifetime Advocate. The trophy resembled a tree because in Norm’s office, he had an image of a tree on his wall, and, whenever he successfully helped a youth, he would add a leaf to the flourishing tree.
The following are those who were also recognized:
Ashley Furniture, Colton
Daniel Almaraz, CFS
Lea Michelle Cash, The Brightest Star, Inc.
Mary Gurrola, DBH
Teresa Denison, DPH
Dr. Carol Franklin, University of Redlands
Marlin and LaDonna Simpson, Foster Parents
Mary “MJ” Higgins, SB County Sheriff
Bobbie Mann, District Attorney’s Office
Dr. Kiti Randall, Medical field
Highlanders Boxing Club, Organization
Rose Sarmiento, SB County Probation
Trudi Moe Roser, TAD
Michael Ashbaker and Francisco Padilla, The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley
Charlene Betts, Volunteer
The event ended with the Mill Street Head Start children singing, “This Little Light of Mine,” on stage with glow sticks waving side to side.


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