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We are so excited to share about our AMAZING C.A.P.E. Conference

  "Supporting Children and Strengthening Families" that took place on April 26!

We were able to start the day honoring wonderful individuals who were nominated by their community as Champions for Children!

This was an honor and a challenge, to select from so many incredible people going above and beyond for youth!

We are so honored to share our Champion for Children Honorable Mentions and Award Winners below.

We quickly moved into an energetic and jam-packed, tool-building day of learning starting with Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephanie Grant.

Our breakout sessions included:

Dr. Grant sharing a Deeper Dive into Developing Regulation through Relationship

TBRI (Trust Based Relation Intervention) with CMH's Christine Dillon and Tina Boughner

Anishinaabe Culture and Perspective with LTBB's Randall Koch and Deleta Smith

and we had an informational Plenary on Social Emotional Learning with Jennifer Lorence!

We cannot even begin to express our gratitude for this amazing group of presenters, who shared not only their knowledge, but a piece of their lives and hearts with us all.

Many groups and organizations came together to make such an incredible day possible. Please join us in thanking the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, St. John's Episcopal Church of Harbor Springs, and Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition of Charlevoix, Emmet, and Northern Antrim Counties, for their financial support(Details below).

Meijer and Wal-Mart, Big Apple Bagels, and Johan's for their generous contributions of snacks and beverages for our attendees. The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Michigan for helping to make sure all were well cared for in the snack and clean up department!

Our Continued Education support from Charlevoix-Emmet ISD for SCECHs, McLaren Northern Michigan for Nursing, Health Department of Northwest Michigan for help with Social Work, and Great Start to Quality for MI Registry credits.

Thank you to Karen G., the Planning Committee and the C.A.P.E. Board for all of their work leading up to, during and following the Conference.

We also want to thank Genesis Church and our tech guru Zach for such a welcoming collaboration to insure a rewarding experience for our community!


Next year~ We hope to see YOU there to help us as we all work to "Support Children and Strengthen Families" here in Northern Michigan!

Grant support details provided here:

Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation $5,000.00
Grant Support From: Fund for Youth - $1,053; Ted and Brenda Frey Donor Advised Fund - $500; Deb Greenwald Foster Family Care and Support Fund - $2,197; Schulze-Stern Fund for Young People - $1,250

Charlevoix County Community Foundation $3500.00                                                                                                                                                                 Boyne Mountain Fund for Youth                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cliff and Beth Bye Fund for Youth                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jack Laucher Fund for Youth                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bob and Gay Pung Fund for Youth                                                                                                                                                                                                        Towsley Fund for Youth                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tunison-Garlock Fund for Youth

Great Start Collaborative and Family Coalition of Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim $2500.00

St. John's Episcopal Church of Harbor Springs $2500.00

We are  grateful to these community partners for helping to bring this opportunity to support our children and families!

Please help us congratulate the

2024 Champion for Children Award Recipients! 

2024 Honorable mentions are:

Champion for Children Honorable Mention~ (not pictured) Trish Hartwick,

"Ms. Hartwick has been an unwavering supporter of the Home Sweet Home Campaign for years! She uses her talents to help find families the right home for them, and then donates a portion of her sales to help us do the community work to help foster homes where children are able to thrive in happy, healthy and safe environments. She does this quietly-likely unknown to those around her. She does this not for recognition, but purely to help children and families in our region"

Champion for Children Honorable Mention~ Erin Zucker

"I am honored to nominate Erin Zucker, from Boyne City Public Schools, for the prestigious CAPE Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the students, families, and community of Boyne City. Erin’s dedication to nurturing young talent through her love of the Arts is exemplary!

Erin's tireless yearly efforts include: putting on five Christmas programs, a kindergarten Oprea, a 4th grade play, the BCHS spring Musical, Boyne Meets Broadway, and Young American Summer Camps.  These demonstrate her commitment to providing meaningful musical experiences for Boyne City’s students. Additionally she has chaperoned high school students during their spring break, to Broadway.  She arranges for the young Americans to come to Boyne City to do workshops. She also offers voice lessons to students.  These activities showcase her selfless nature and unwavering dedication to the growth and development of her “kids”. 

One particular act of kindness that stands out to me is watching Erin provide free piano lessons to a child, from a military family with ADHD, during one of her prep periods each week one year. She saw he had an interest and a talent so she used this time to inspire and encourage him in a way no one else had done before. This exemplifies her compassionate and generous spirit, as well as her belief in the potential of every student she encounters.

Erin truly embodies the qualities of an exceptional educator and role model, making a significant impact on the lives of those around her. Her unwavering commitment to music education and dedication to her students make her a deserving candidate for the CAPE Award."