February was Parent Recognition Month, and Strengthening Families Washington, a division of the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL), believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
This past fall, Strengthening Families Washington requested nominations from the public to honor “Unsung Heroes”: caregivers who demonstrate strength, courage and empathy in their communities. Of the hundreds nominated, 29 were selected, including Boyer alumni mom, Caitlin Hanney.
“While there are many, many people who would be incredibly deserving of this award, I decided to nominate Caitlin because she is truly remarkable,” shares Denise Swanson, Education Coordinator. “She provides encouragement to parents with children who have similar feeding struggles, while advancing her expectations for her own son, Charlie, to develop his skills. Caitlin looks to what her son can achieve, and provides him motivation and opportunities for practice to reach his potential. She always asks for help when she needs our support, and is open to suggestions. In addition to caring for Charlie and her work as a cardiac nurse, Caitlin joined The Down Syndrome Community, and has become a key volunteer for them.”
Strengthening Families Washington is an initiative that focuses on helping families strengthen family bonds; understand childhood development; cope with the challenge of parenting; and develop positive discipline skills. Since 2011, 112 men and women in Washington have been honored as “Unsung Heroes” for the roles they have taken with their families, school and communities.
Congratulations, Caitlin! You are an incredible champion for your son, a true inspiration for other families, and a valued leader at Boyer and beyond – this recognition is truly well-deserved!