Prevention of child abuse focus of Havelock event

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM.

“This is something that is so very near and dear to my heart,” said keynote speaker Dawn Gibson, of the county’s community response program.

Gibson told of adopting a little girl who had come into the social services system from an abusive situation, then praised workers in attendance.

“Thank you to each one of you, because you make a lasting impact and a forever impression on the lives of the children you serve,” Gibson said. “Thank you for you service to this wonderful community.”

Gibson said the event goes beyond prevention of child abuse.

“This month is set aside for us to remember why we do this work that we call prevention, which is so key,” she said. “We remind parents to spend special time with their kids. Give extra hugs. Go to a park on a beautiful day like today and fly a kite. Take a moment to enjoy your own family.”

Havelock Mayor Will Lewis has two daughters.

“Anyone who knows me knows I love my little girls,” he said. “When it comes to children, I’m going to tell you what I tell my girls, which is kind of a simple thing, but I tell them all the time, that they are our future and it’s not really a choice. It’s a responsibility. And it’s our responsibility too as a team to help them realize that and to help them grow into the people that they’ll be.”

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