On Tuesday, November 16, the City Commission proclaimed November 20, 2010 as “Guardian ad Litem Day.” The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff that provides a powerful voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. There are 21 local programs in 20 judicial circuits in Florida and the Commission supports their efforts.
“I know you’ve been a Guardian ad Litem for many, many years and have helped a number of young people and we appreciate that,” Mayor Roy Gold said.
“The Guardian ad Litem program is designed to provide representation for abandoned, neglected and abused children in the court system. Our responsibility is to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child, often in conflict with what a child may think. I’m honored to say that I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’ve never been without a case,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.
“We have almost 50 guardians from the City of Coral Springs, so I think that speaks a lot to your community and how dedicated you are,” Circuit Director Patty Walker said.
Commissioners then recognized a group of 10 City employees who won the quarterly Applause Card drawing. Applause Cards are internal awards given to employees who provide premier customer service, and each quarter, 10 are chosen in a random drawing and recognized publicly at the meetings.
Employees recognized were: Jonathan Banke (Police), Debbie Brennison (Police), James Carlo (Parks & Recreation), Jeannine Clemente (Public Works), Brian Gasper (Police), Nate Leonard (Fire), Tim Riley (Fire), Lee White (Finance), Sean White (Public Works), and Christopher Wilson (Police).
“We want to thank each of you for representing the City so well. We are very blessed to have 750 employees and to have 309 applause cards in one quarterly period is wonderful,” Mayor Gold said. “Thank you for your service.”
Lastly, the City Commission recognized Coral Springs High School Football Team for ending the season with a Mayor’s Cup victory over cross town rival J.P. Taravella on Friday, November 12.
“You guys did a great job. We’re very proud of you guys,” Mayor Gold added.
Photos of these recognitions are available at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.