Del Mar Heights resident selected as 75th District ‘Woman of the Year’
Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, recently honored Del Mar Heights resident Sharon Lawrence as the 2011 Woman of the Year for the 75th Assembly District during a special ceremony at the State Capitol. Sharon Lawrence is the chief executive officer for the San Diego nonprofit Voices for Children (VFC).
“For over a decade, Sharon Lawrence has been improving the lives of some of San Diego County’s most vulnerable and neglected children – those in foster care,” Fletcher said. “Her leadership and service has given a voice to hundreds of children inside the courtroom, and far beyond it. She is ensuring that each and every foster care youth receives the services and advocacy they deserve. ”
Lawrence accepted the award in honor of the hardworking volunteers of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), and of staff at VFC.
VFC is a San Diego nonprofit founded 30 years ago as one of the first of its kind in the country. The organization helps abused, neglected and abandoned children in foster care through a network of Court CASAs who advocate for the rights and well-being of foster children in courtrooms, schools, and in the community. VFC is the sole court-designated organization to provide CASAs to foster children. Last year marked VFC’s 30th anniversary.
“I am deeply grateful to be named as this year’s Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Fletcher, and I accept this honor on behalf of Voices for Children and our many Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, each of whom is doing extraordinary work. Every single day, our CASAs ensure that foster children are given a voice and are not forgotten,” said Lawrence. “Ultimately, our vision is to provide a court advocate volunteer to every abused child in foster care who needs one and to advocate for legal policies, legislation, and practices that enhance the quality of life for all foster children. It is my privilege to be a part of this extraordinary organization, which transforms young lives and addresses one of our society’s most urgent problems – the tens of thousands of children living in foster care.”
Since 1987, the annual Woman of the Year ceremony at the State Capitol has commemorated Women’s History Month and has been a celebration of community service. Honorees were each presented with Woman of the Year certificates.
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