The Juvenile Welfare Board Children's Services Council of Pinellas County presented Cyndie Campbell, a total family strategy therapist with the Suncoast Center, with the 2009 Cooperman-Bogue Award, honoring individuals who go above and beyond the call of their job duties to improve the lives of Pinellas County children. She accepted the 16th annual award and a check for $1,000 at a March 18 luncheon.
Campbell works out of the Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development Initiative building in Largo. She provides in-home family therapy; looks after the safety of children by conducting risk assessments and safety plans; helps families set goals; conducts parenting classes; conducts art activities to help troubled children work through their emotions and assists GRAYDI staffers in strengthening the community through planning and hosting family events and activities.
She organized a Hogs for Hope motorcycle ride to raise mental health awareness and has stepped in to help families when an immediate need arises. After a fire at a residence, Campbell was there to comfort the family and secure the assistance of Coast Guard volunteers to help with repairs.
Upon accepting the award, Campbell expressed her gratitude.
"I thank all of you. I thank all of the people in Pinellas County that pay taxes that fund the Juvenile Welfare Board that allows a little person like me to reach out to other people. It really, truly is an honor to go into these people's homes and to be able to talk with them. I'd also like to thank my team, my program TFS (Total Family Strategy) and my agency, Suncoast Center. Thank you, JWB, for funding us. I'd like to thank — a special thank you — to my husband, Joe. This is what I do. What you saw on the video is what I do all those nights I'm home so late. So, I thank you for your patience. I thank you for your faith in me and I thank you for your encouragement and I love you with all of my heart, baby."
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For the eighth year in a row, four area women whose contributions have improved the quality of life in the community were honored by the Palm Harbor Library at an awards ceremony Monday. They are Anne Marie Hutton, Amy Kaczynski, Erica Lynford and Peggy O'Shea.
• Hutton, owner of a small business in Palm Harbor, contributes to many local and national organizations. She donates monthly to the Palm Harbor food bank FEAST, volunteers at several local schools and hosts annual fundraising exercise classes to benefit local charities. She is also an active volunteer with the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the PACE School for Girls.
• Kaczynski received her master's degree in education and has volunteered her time in many different capacities. She has coached soccer and T-ball and taught third- and fifth-grade Sunday school classes. She has been a Bible study leader to a group of Palm Harbor University High senior girls since they were in seventh grade. She has been a class sponsor, a classroom volunteer and served as PTA president since 2008.
• As assistant to the director of the Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Department, Lynford coordinates many aspects of its facilities, from kitchens to soccer fields. She finds joy in helping wherever she is able to meet a need. Whether it's coordinating meals for a friend battling cancer, buying a ticket to support a local sports team or donating through the Angel Tree to support Haven House in Palm Harbor, she has devoted her time to multiple charities and schools.
• O'Shea was elected to the Pinellas County School Board in 2006 and served as chairman in 2009. Before her election, she was appointed by the governor to serve as chairwoman of the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, an agency that administers school readiness programs and Florida's voluntary pre-kindergarten program. O'Shea has also been active in Pinellas County schools, serving on several task forces, advisory councils and as a volunteer tutor. She has served as chairman of the board of the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, is a former member of the board of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, the East Lake Community Library Advisory Board and the Pinellas Public Access Advisory Committee. O'Shea is a Palm Harbor Rotary Club member and is involved with several local charities.
The program was presented by County Commissioner Susan Latvala and featured a performance by the Florida Lyric Opera.
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