Children’s Network to Shine A Light on ‘Unsung Heroes’

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(Victor Valley)– The County of San Bernardino Children’s Network will honor 21 people and organizations 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 18th year, the Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast will be Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 a.m. in the Valencia Room of the National Orange Show, located at 690 S. Arrowhead Ave, Gate 9 in San Bernardino. Tickets are available for $12 each or a table of 10 for $120. For tickets or more information, please call (909) 383-9677.

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

Gary C. Ovitt, Lifetime Advocate, Educator, Policy-maker, former San Bernardino County Supervisor for the Fourth District

Landeros Furniture, Business

Beth Gill, Children and Family Services

Maria Flores, Children and Family Services

Rochford Foundation, Community-Based Provider

Revolution Youth Advocates, Organization

Dianne Wolkenhauer, Ph.D., Department of Behavioral Health

Bernadette Beltran, Department of Public Health

Olga Valdez, Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Valerio Mejia, Education, San Bernardino City Unified School District

Bob and Laura Breitel, Foster Parents

Aaron Conley, Law Enforcement, San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff

Karen Schmauss, Legal, Deputy District Attorney

Ana Lee, Legal, Deputy Public Defender

Michael A. Markel, Legal, Office of the County Counsel

Iris Robertson, Legal, Victim Advocate, Bureau of Victim Services

Linda McDonald, Medical

Lynda Scherer, Probation

Chris and Amy Hernandez, Volunteer

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Polygraph Detail Human Services Warehouse Distribution Center Staff


Children’s Network Officer Kathy Turnbull calls the honorees “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,” she said.

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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