Hanover’s Community Services Board is excited to announce that the nomination period for the 2019 Jean C. Harris Award for Excellence is now open.
The “Harris Award” is given annually to Hanover-based individuals, families or groups that demonstrate outstanding contribution in the areas of intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health, and/or substance use. Since many individuals, families and groups are making a difference in these areas, up to three awards will be given this year.
Who was Jean C. Harris and why do these awards bear her name? Jean Harris is a shining example of a person of compassion who directed her time and energy to helping those in need in Hanover County. She made a difference every day. A native of Hanover whose father ran a country store, Mrs. Harris worked as a secretary to a judge, was married to a local bank executive, and raised three children. She was a tireless advocate for those without a voice. She noticed those in need and tried to help in big and small ways. She was feisty and persistent and was a founding member of the Hanover County Community Services Board. With her first appointment in 1977, she served for nearly 20 years, including as chairman five times. Throughout her service, she focused on promoting the development of much needed community-based services and supports in Hanover County and has left a lasting legacy.
Go to the website or call the CSB at 365-4222 to get the nomination form. Nominations are due by September 9.
Please consider nominating those whose work today follows in Mrs. Harris’s footsteps of advocacy and care for those in need in Hanover County. The challenges are great and their work is invaluable.
The awards will be presented on October 23, 2019 at a reception in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's Church at Hanover Courthouse where Mrs. Harris served as Treasurer and Outreach Chairman for many years.