Can Do awards

In conjunction with the Girl Scouts' 95th national anniversary, the local Winema Council presented the 2007 Can Do Awards to five local women who have contributed to creating a positive self image for girls in Southern Oregon. The awards were presented on April 28 at the annual meeting in Yreka, Calif. The Girl Scouts of Winema Council's 2007 Can Do Award were presented to:

Toni Richmond, a therapist for the Children's Advocacy Center in Medford. Richmond has been an in-home parent educator, class facilitator and staff therapist at various agencies. She's worked as youth outreach counselor in a drug and alcohol program, as a day treatment family therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children and mentored license-seeking therapists.

Bobbie Kidder, educator and thespian, is a full-time instructor at Rogue Community College, Redwood Campus, and executive director of Southern Oregon Impact Theatre. Kidder leads workshops on presentation skills, conflict resolution, and drama in the classroom. She is a founding member of the Hamazons, a Southern Oregon comedy improvisation troupe. She has created youth programs such as Stand Tall, Inside/Out, and Sweet Talk Productions to promote confidence and creativity and is author of "ImaginACTION: Activities That Allow Students to Get Up on Their Feet and Moving!"

Gail Patton, the tennis coach for Southern Oregon University, has spent many years involved in helping young women make healthy choices. As an athlete and Girl Scout, she attended the University of California at Davis and the University of Oregon.

Kimry Lee is the Hope Center director. Lee, from Klamath Falls, strives to help children who face issues with self image because of abuse and neglect. At the Hope Center, counselors work toward safe and healthy lives for young girls, combatting such issues as teen pregnancy and domestic violence.

Joanne Poulos spent her career working with abused children in a clinical setting for more than 15 years, and has continued serving youth and families in her retirement. She is co-facilitator of the "Reach for the Stars" preteen mentoring group at the Children's Advocacy Center. Her message to girls is to reject labels others put on you and live each day with a victorious and fearless attitude.

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