The Maine Children’s Alliance, at its annual meeting Tuesday, presented four Giraffe Awards to individuals and organizations that “stick their neck out for Maine children.”
Alliance president and CEO Elinor Goldberg said the annual awards bring recognition to people and programs that benefit Maine children but rarely receive the public notice they deserve.
The following recipients were recognized at Tuesday’s meeting at the Maple Hill Farm conference center in Hallowell:
. First lady Karen Baldacci for her leadership of the Maine Children’s Cabinet. The Children’s Cabinet brings together leaders from diverse state agencies to focus on the well-being of children.
. Jim Rier, an administrator in the Department of Education. Rier was honored for his role in reforming school construction policy and mediating divisive local school issues, as well as for promoting understanding of the goals of public education.
. Regis Tremblay, founder and president of the Center for KidsFIRST, a Maine-based consulting group that helps communities throughout the nation set up safe and healthy after-school programs.
. The Miles for Smiles mobile dental clinic for children, based at Penobscot Community Health Center in Bangor. With funding from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, Miles for Smiles provides dental care to underserved children in rural areas of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.
More information at www.mekids.org.