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4/29/2019 1:07:00 PM
Burgess Named Children's Protection Award Winner
Darlene Burgess with Jean Settlemyre Tashman
(Photo Courtesy Connie Engart)

Darlene Burgess with
Jean Settlemyre Tashman

(Photo Courtesy Connie Engart)

Lincoln Herald Staff

The Catawba County Children's Advocacy & Protection Center presented its 2019 Children’s Protection Award to Darlene Burgess at the Center’s “An Evening of Hope” at the Hickory Soup Kitchen April 16th. The award honors the person, community group or business whose efforts have reduced family stress and improved the quality of family life, thereby reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect in Catawba County.

Darlene has dedicated the past 11 years of her life to supporting families across Catawba County. Darlene gives from the heart; and her intuition about a child’s wellbeing is unparalleled. She has spotted abuse or neglect when the average professional might have missed it. She goes above and beyond to help make the lives of children better than when she found them. She is beloved by her colleagues in the public health and social work realms, as well as the families she serves. Darlene’s dedicated service has allowed her to impact hundreds of families and thousands of children in her time as a care manager, leaving not only a physical impact, but an emotional and personal one as well. 

There were two additional nominees for this award. Nancy Lipe was nominated as “the number one volunteer” at Southwest Primary School for selflessly giving of her time at the school. Dr. Michael Wimberly was nominated for serving the children of Catawba County through the Catawba County Health Department and Head Start.

The CAPC advocates for the protection of the children of Catawba County by working to empower individuals through training and education, coordinate a comprehensive team response to abuse and neglect, and reduce victim trauma. For additional information about how you can learn to prevent and respond to suspected child abuse, go to the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County at or call 828-465-9296.

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