Every year, during each local conference, our Board of Directors presents the She’s Local Goddess Award to a woman who personifies the three distinct traits that are reflective of a women’s contribution towards the creation of a stronger local community;
- She embraces life’s challenges with optimism and bravery,
- She tests traditional thinking to initiate change, and
- She ventures beyond herself to empower and collaborate with others.
2021 Winner – Deborah Sweet
Deborah Sweet is a writer, activist, and advocate who focuses her work on lending her heart and her voice to vulnerable children, while coexisting within the hard spaces of childhood trauma. As a Foster Parent Ambassador for the Department of Children and Families, Deborah works tirelessly at raising community awareness for kids who come from difficult places, but works even harder as a foster/adoptive/biological parent to children with complex medical and behavioral health needs. Deborah and her husband have won the prestigious Massachusetts Foster Parents of the Year Award, and have been recognized for their work by the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children at their annual Gala. Deborah is a teacher by trade, with a Masters Degree in Education and over a decade of classroom experience, but now spends her time advocating for school districts to practice from a trauma informed lens, and to provide wrap-around services for children who are challenged by developmental trauma. Deborah is the founder of WE’VE GOT YOUR BACKpack, a backpack and school supply drive that provides much needed lifelines of support for hundreds of at-risk children throughout the Commonwealth. Deborah’s writing has been featured on national and international websites and can be found on her blog, Because I Stay. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and six(ish) kids, plus a couple of amazing animals that add to the calm of the house, not the chaos.
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