Families First Award 
Recognizes Susie Broderick  

The Colorado Chapter has a long tradition of presenting an annual Families First Award to the parent or professional who goes above and beyond in their efforts to improve systems or services for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Congrats to our 2013 Families First Award Winner!

susieSusie Broderick and Greg Lomme at the Gala 2013
The CO H&V Gala gladly welcomed Susie Broderick, Program Coordinator, Integrated Reading Project, Early Years Literacy Program and Parent Group, Outreach Services, Early Education Programs, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind into the circle of Families First Award winners.

Past Colorado Home Intervention Program graduates Emily and Brian Evenstad, now in high school, took the stage with their mom, Jeannene Evenstad, to read and sign a children’s book to bring Susie to the stage. Excerpts from nomination letters highlighted Broderick’s dedication and vision in her career from her start as a speech language pathologist creating a sign language study program in college, to preschool teacher, early intervention educator, to coordinator of a statewide literacy program for young children and their families. Emily and Brian fondly remembered waiting for “Susie’s white car” to arrive. That car has changed colors a few times, but it is still traveling the state while its owner thoughtfully teaches and works with parents and young children. Many at the benefit stood to cheer when asked, “Who has been touched by Susie Broderick in this room?”  Ann Gavin, colleague Ann Mandico, Janet DesGeorges, Amy Saxon Bosworth and others joined in Broderick’s nomination.

Please join us in thanking Susie for making her lifelong career this important work that was not “just a job” but a calling in her life. She continues to make a huge difference in the minds and hearts of so many Coloradoans. From the board, staff, and larger community, we salute your many contributions, Susie!  

Nominations for the Families First Award

In every field, there are those who forge ahead with a tireless spirit to "make things happen" for our deaf and hard of hearing kids. Help us recognize the professionals and parents in the field of deaf/hh education who pioneer on behalf of all our children.

Send in your nomination letter to recognize those parents and professionals who go the extra mile, who challenge the status quo, and who immeasurably enrich the lives of our children. Nominations will be accepted annually until October 1 of each year. Please send to cohv@handsandvoices.org

Previous honorees of the Families First award include: Vickie Thomson, Cliff Moers, Shana Bokelman, Rep. Mark Larson, Rob Frantum-Allen, Allison Sedey, Barbara Jean Wood, Stephanie Olson, Dinah Beams, Allison Biever, Donna Ewing, BJ Brubaker-Blocker, Denise Davis Pedrie, Ruth Mathers, Cathy Noble Hornsby, Brian W. Smith, Cheryl DeConde Johnson, and Christine Yoshinaga Itano.