ECHO Award Winners - 2011

Cheryl Lindsay has built bridging social capital by intentionally using her community work as an avenue to bring visibility to the need for inclusion, to eliminate racial divides, and to promote participation by all age groups.  She is active in many organizations, including serving in leadership roles and on nonprofit boards as varied as The Arts Council, the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, the Ronald McDonald House, Authoring Action, and the Hispanic League of Forsyth County – just to name a few!  Cheryl extended her reach to the dance floor, having just participated as a dancer in the “Take the Lead” fundraiser for Bethesda Center.  In her nonprofit volunteer activities, Cheryl intentionally looks to expand diversity, bringing together people of different backgrounds - promoting not just collaboration, but also lasting friendships between diverse people.  Her belief in social capital extends to her position at Hanesbrands, where she is the Director of the Human Resources and Inclusion and Diversity, which includes developing and leading the company in its worldwide diversity and inclusion efforts.  Cheryl was nominated by both Nicole Arnold and Claire Tuttle.

Ed Hanes, a native of East Winston-Salem and a graduate of Carver High School, has built social capital in our community as a youth-focused advocate of education, inclusion, diversity and collaboration.  Ed has advocated for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, working to ensure that they have the right to be respected and heard, and he has opened minds and attitudes in our community.  For the past two years, Ed also served as a co-advisor for the Black Men for Change organization.  Black Men for Change, a 2010 ECHO Award recipient, is comprised of young, mostly African-American men, who intentionally collaborate with community organizations to dispel negative stereotypes while in turn becoming community assets.  Ed Hanes has proven that Everyone Can Help Out – by being the voice for the voiceless, for promoting collaborations between diverse groups, and for spreading social capital among future leaders in our community – our young adults.  Ed was nominated by Dr. David Stewart.

Mary Dame has built bridging social capital by opening minds and helping the community understand the mental health issues of children in our midst.  She worked tirelessly to create the Therapeutic Day Program at Amos Cottage after their onsite inpatient residential care program was eliminated due to major changes in the mental health care system.  The program provides intensive mental health services to young children from ages three to seven who are unable to function in a daycare or classroom setting.  The Program’s School Outreach program builds knowledge and awareness for family and school staff who will be guiding the child post-treatment.  Amos Cottage is also considering expansion of its community outreach efforts to include the faith-based community, with the hope that through an open mutual communication process our faith leaders will come to understand the importance of mental health intervention in helping young children receive the critical services that will help them reach their potential.    Mary Dame is positively impacting and reconnecting our community – opening up dialogue, eliminating stereotypes, and bringing hope for families and youth who have been isolated due to mental health issues.  Mary was nominated by Loy McGill.


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