In a ceremony at the Federal building in Bangor last Wednesday, 5 individuals were honored by Maine’s US Attorney, Thomas E. Delahanty II, who said the honorees “have changed lives by their actions to better the world around them.”
Among the honorees is the Community Caring Collaborative’s Executive Director, Marjorie Withers, who was recognized for her work on behalf of the children and families of Washington County. Marjorie has been a leader and role model, working to address issues of trauma, poverty, substance use, domestic violence, and shaken baby syndrome. A long time advocate for families, and an inspiring trainer and educator for agencies throughout Maine, Marjorie has also created safety plans for agencies to use when working with families of high-risk infants. Marjorie’s work with the CCC’s breakthrough initiative, Bridging Program, inspired her to draw together specialists from EMMC and several local agencies to establish a shaken baby response team to look deeper into how injuries to young infants are handled in our county.
Delahanty also honored Former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow and Spruce Run’s Sue Bradford for their work as advocates for victims of domestic violence; Skip Gates a teacher from Skowhegan who dedicates much of his time educating Maine’s youth on the dangers of substance use; and Sally Tardiff, Executive Director of Shaw House for her tireless work to provide services for at-risk youths in Maine.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the week of April 6th-12th was the 30th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. According to US Attorney Delahanty, “This award ceremony is designed to raise awareness about the rights and needs of such crime victims, the challenges that victims face in the recovery process, and the positive impact of those who provide services and support to such victims.”