MCA Announces 2017 Giraffe Award Winners

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The Champions for Children Luncheon
featuring the 2017 Giraffe Awards

Friday, May 19, 2017 | The Woodfords Club in Portland
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Registration begins at 11:30)

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The Maine Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Giraffe Awards, which honor community heroes who “stick out their necks” for Maine children, youth and families. Giraffe Award winners are individuals, organizations and businesses who routinely go above and beyond their job description, investing precious time, energy and talent in the well-being of Maine kids.

The awards will be presented at the Maine Children’s Alliance’s annual Champions for Children Luncheon on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Woodfords Club in Portland; registration beings at 11:30. The celebration will feature keynote speaker Celine Kuhn from the Telling Room, an award-winning nonprofit that serves Maine kids through writing.

The 2017 Giraffe Award Winners:

    • Margo Walsh, Maine Works, LLC: As owner and founder of Maine Works, Walsh employs formerly incarcerated Mainers, providing support and assistance as they enter back into the workforce. Maine Works helps children by giving their parents the opportunity to succeed.
    • Dr. Janice L. Pelletier, Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: As a pediatrician, Dr. Pelletier has dedicated her over 30-year career to advancing the physical, social and emotional health and well-being of all Maine children and families. She has consistently gone above and beyond her role as a physician, serving as tireless advocate, a thoughtful educator and mentor, and an innovative researcher.
    • Robert Beekman, M.D., Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; Eastern Maine Medical Center; Center for Human Genetics: Dr. Beekman is a pediatrician who has spent the past four decades caring for children in Northern and Eastern Maine. His commitment to serving children in the most rural parts of our state and promoting the understanding of genetics in pediatrics makes a profound difference for Maine kids.
    • Kristie Clark, Longley Elementary School: As Principal of Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, Clark has proved to be a devoted leader to her students, staff and community. From her leadership to innovative programs like the Positive Alternative for Suspended Students program, Clarke has created an environment where students can truly thrive.
    • Jenn Carter, Lewiston 21st Century: Jenn Carter is the Program Director for the Lewiston 21st Century Program, an impressive after school and summer program that serves students from grades 7-12. By providing Lewiston youth with academic support, life-training skills and leadership opportunities, Jenn is preparing these kids to become confident, capable leaders of our state.
    • Intercultural Community Center: The Intercultural Community Center’s Power School enables students new to this country and living in Westbrook and Greater Portland to experience academic success.

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