Nominate your community hero for the 2019 Bridge of Light Award

(Press Release) — To honor and thank those who have helped the CNMI community, the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is seeking nominations for this year’s prestigious Bridge of Light Award.

The award is given each year to honor the accomplishments and sacrifices of one extraordinary individual or community hero who has worked diligently to provide safety for the community, to work to end domestic violence and sexual assault, and to be a “Bridge of Light” for victims and survivors in the CNMI.

The nominee may be a service provider, first responder, representative, or volunteer at one or more eligible agencies, organizations or offices in the CNMI, and who has been there for a minimum of one year. The nominee must also show dedication and effort in the areas of leadership, service, advocacy for victims, prevention, community education or mobilization, and resource development.

Nominations may be submitted by a victim or survivor; a member, representative, and/or volunteer of NMCADSV and/or the Family Violence Task Force; or an employee, representative, and/or volunteer at eligible CNMI agencies, organizations, or offices.

To verify if an agency, organization, or office may nominate, contact NMCADSV at 234-3878 or email info@endviolencenmi.org

Nominations may be submitted online through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=uYY_2FpGIXfgbIyABgKeXjcA_3D_3D.Hard copy nomination forms may also be submitted to the NMCADSV office located in Suite 206 of the Marina Heights I Building in Puerto Rico, Saipan during hours of operation, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is strongly encouraged that those nominating be as detailed and thorough as possible on the form to show why their nominee is deserving of the award as those evaluating nominations will consider nominees based on the information provided.

The deadline to submit completed nomination forms is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

The recipient of the 2019 Bridge of Light Award will be announced during the upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation Signing Ceremony in October.

Past recipients include Department of Public Safety Officer Flora Aguon, Karidat Social Services Executive Director Lauri B. Ogumoro, Division of Youth Services Social Worker Mildred W. Sikebert, Karidat Social Services Counselor Elaine C. Dela Cruz, Ayuda Network Inc. Executive Director Diana Camacho, and most recently, the Attorney General Office’s Victim Advocate John Aguon.

For additional information or inquiries, contact the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence at 234-3878 or email info@endviolencenmi.org.