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Local parents honored for strength

March 7, 2016

Original article posted on the Berlin Daily Sun

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Local families were honored at the 9th Annual Unsung Hero Parent Recognition Award ceremony held last Friday evening at the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

Among those honored that evening were Tia Cloutier of Stark, Jessica Dale and Neko Sanchez of Berlin and Tanya Whittum of Dalton.

In total 29 awards were presented to parents and caregivers, to honor and recognize these extraordinary individuals going above and beyond to be the best parents they can be. Each of these exemplary parents have shown effective use of some or all of the 5 Protective Factors which include: parenting resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need and social and emotional competence.

“This is my favorite event of the year. To see the parents being honored for being strong for their kids is such a joy,” says Julie Day, strengthening families director at N.H. Children’s Trust.

*Cloutier was recognized for her keeping her family going through hard times. She has shown exceptional parental resilience while her husband is deployed as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Cloutier makes sure to attend church regularly, as well as help out with afterschool programs that boost her children’s social and emotional development. Mrs. Cloutier advocates for her children when necessary, and encourages them to be kind and productive members of the community.

*Dale and Sanchez, were recognized for their commitment to their son Luis. Both Dale and Sanchez have overcome a difficult past, but have removed themselves from negative situations in order to secure a better life for their son.

*Whittum works hard to play an active role in her children’s lives. Whittum lives with fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease, but continues to be a busy mom who pushes through her pain to ensure a happy life for her children and community.

“Every kid needs to know that they’ve got a grown-up in their corner," said Governor Maggie Hassan. “I’m looking out at a whole bunch of adults who are those grown-ups.”