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 14
Susan Fraisure – Olympia
I would like to nominate Susan Fraisure for the Unsung Hero Award. Susan is the definition of resilience. Susan has battled addiction, poverty and abuse, and has transformed herself. She bounced back and now works for a nonprofit organization helping others impacted by the same challenges that she has overcome.
I first met her when she began her journey towards sobriety, health and healing. At that time she was questioning whether her children should be in her care—now she knows they are better off with her and the healthy family and home environment she has developed. She has been intentional about living a life of sobriety and improving herself, and opportunities for her family.
She has overcome many obstacles to achieve her goals. Susan has risen from the ashes of addiction and overcome her battles to now help others. We are proud to have her represent us at Family Education and Support Services, and we know the hundreds of families she supports each day are also happy she has persevered to become such a strong, authentic role support for others
Nominator: Shelly Willis