Congratulations Unsung Hero: Bernyce Martin
February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 18: Bernyce Martin – Tacoma, WA:
My mother, Bernyce Martin, has dedicated her life to helping children her entire life. She was an elementary librarian at Lister Elementary for 35 years and raised four children of her own. On Feb. 26, 2010 she lost a son, Kirk Martin, to congestive heart failure. Currently, she has been the caregiver for my father for the last five years, even though she suffered from congestive heart failure and she was hospitalized twice during this time. My father is immobile and confined to a wheel chair. My mother has always given freely of her time and love to all. It is without hesitation that I nominate my mother for the Parent Recognition Award. I am the principal at Mason Middle School, and I would not be in this position if it were not for the guidance and support of my mother.
Nominator: Patrice Sulkosky
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Read the stories about the other inspiring Unsung Hero award winners:
February 1: Christine Matter – Tacoma
February 2: Christena Evans – Spokane
February 3: Carmen Gonzalez – Burien
February 4: Sence Gonzalez – Olympia
February 5: Lina McDonald – Silverdale
February 6: Roseanne Henzel – Yakima
February 7: Jill Homme & Deb Libbey – Battle Ground
February 8: Bulcha Kenate – Tukwila
February 9: Angela Fish – Puyallup
February 10: Anna Kagley – Everett
February 11: Julie Kerr – Bellingham
February 12: Karla Petersen – Seattle
February 13: Talya Miller – Seattle
February 14: Sayuri Foster – Oak Harbor
February 15: Curtis Treadwell - Spokane Valley
February 16: Thomas Harris – Bellingham
February 17: Bill Lash – Lacey