Apple Valley Resident to be Honored as Lifetime Advocate

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)–Apple Valley resident Norm Dollar will be honored for 32 years of service to San Bernardino County children and families at the Children’s Network Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Prevention Awards Breakfast on March 28.

Dollar, who recently retired from the County of San Bernardino’s Children and Family Services, will receive the Lifetime Advocate award at the awards breakfast. The majority of Dollar’s career was with the County. He also worked for the Victor Valley Child Abuse Task Force and Cooper Home for five years. The Apple Valley home is a residential care and treatment center for child abuse victims.

Dollar is one of 16 people and organizations the Children’s Network will honor that have demonstrated exceptional services and have made a commitment to the safety and well-being of at-risk children and youth. Now in their 15th year, the Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Prevention Awards Breakfast will be Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 a.m. at National Orange Show-Valencia Room at 690 S. Arrowhead Ave, Gate 9 in San Bernardino, Calif. For tickets or more information, please call (909) 383-9677.

Award recipients will be recognized in 14 categories with the highest honor awarded to the Children’s Network Lifetime Advocate.

  • Norm Dollar, Lifetime Advocate, Children and Family Services
  • Ashley Furniture, Business
  • Daniel Almaraz, Children and Family Services
  • Lea Michelle Cash, Community-Based Provider – Founder of The Brightest Star, Inc.
  • Mary Gurrola, Department of Behavioral Health
  • Teresa Denison, Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Carol Franklin, Education, University of Redlands
  • Marlin and LaDonna Simpson, Foster Parent
  • Mary “MJ” Higgins, Law Enforcement, San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff
  • Bobbie Mann, Legal, Deputy District Attorney
  • Dr. Kiti Randall, Medical
  • Highlanders Boxing Club, Organization
  • Rose Sarmiento, Probation
  • Trudi Moe Roser, Transitional Assistance Department
  • Michael Ashbaker and Francisco Padilla, Animal Cruelty Investigators
  • The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley
  • Charlene Betts, Volunteer

Children’s Network Officer Amy Cousineau calls them “unsung heroes who are doing work to which much of the general public says ‘I could never do that job.’” “The Children’s Network Annual Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast is a way to honor and thank them for their work with children and families.”

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for “children at risk” who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment and/or detrimental daily living situations, are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at

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