The NMCADV were proud to honor the 5 recipients of our 3rd Annual Community Heroes Awards. A ceremony was held yesterday afternoon at the Civic Center in Farmington, NM. All 5 honorees, some family members, and their nominating shelter were present to share in the recognition and receive an honorary plaque and a healing bowl made by a local artist from Silver City. Executive Director Pam Wiseman made opening remarks explaining why domestic violence providers do the work we do and how inspired and grateful we are to the community members who donate to our cause. Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts introduced each honoree. And our special guest speaker Navajo storyteller Robert Goodluck provided enchanting flute music and a beautiful short story.
- Mary Domito, nominated by Community Against Violence, Taos – Malinda Williams, ED
Ms. Domito participates fully in every public CAV event, is more than generous in providing CAV clients who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence with furniture and mattresses from her “Taos Lifestyle” store, and has made significant financial contributions to CAV for almost a decade. Her enthusiasm and passion is heard in her outspoken and consistent vocal support.
- Carl Parsons, nominated by Help End Abuse for Life (HEAL), Ruidoso – Coleen Widell, ED
Carl Parsons is an electrician in Ruidoso who has a heart for the women and children who live at the Nest domestic violence shelter. His plumbing company has provided professional services on numerous occasions when a multitude of plumbing issues arose. HEAL ‘s budget primarily allows for direct client services, there is little wiggle room for facility maintenance. Carl is a business leader who understands the importance of giving back.
- Betty Highland, nominated by Valencia Shelter Services – Alexandria Taylor, ED
Ms. Highland advocates and secures a budget through Peralta Methodist Church to meet the needs of children in shelter. She personally shops for school supplies, backpacks and uniforms, shoes and never forgets these families on Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is no way that her donations of time and energy for years and years could begin to be listed here. She has a heart for the families at Valencia Shelter.
- Brandon Bishop, nominated by Grammy’s House, Artesia – Celina Bryant, ED
Brandon is a 6th Grader, only 11 years old, who independently mowed lawns, washed cars, and cleaned up yards so that he could earn money to help the children in shelter at Grammy’s House. He was able to purchase backpacks and all the necessary school supplies for the children. Brandon’s unconditional act of kindness reaffirms hope for our future.
- San Juan Open Committee nominated by Farmington Family Crisis Center – Opal Cole, ED
These committee members have for more than eleven years named FCC as the primary financial beneficiary of the Open’s proceeds, plus individual contributions from committee members of time and energy. Committee members have been on our Board of Directors, served as Interim Executive Director for the agency; assisted FCC with outreach events in the community; provided manual volunteer labor on projects; sought and obtained financial compensation for agency needs; assisted us in furnishing rooms at the shelter; provided legal consultations for clients and have just been overall ambassadors for the agency.
The Farmington Daily Times featured the event in an article available HERE