We are proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Flora Awards. Among the many ways the Center champions women, The Flora Award recognizes women, often-unsung heroines, who make a profound difference within our community. From a competitive field of nominees the Center's Community Advisory Board chose Prisscilla Cooper, President and founder of the Family Connection Center, and Terri T. Davis, Director of Family Health, Beech Brook.
The Award Ceremony took place May 21, 2013, at the Western Reserve Historical Society, an institution with ties to the late social justice advocate and philanthropist, Flora Stone Mather, whose memory the award evokes.
The Flora Award recognizes women who collaboratively make a difference in the lives of women and children by addressing unmet needs with innovative approaches to social justice, service and advocacy. The inaugural awardees are Prisscilla Cooper and Terri T. Davis.
Prisscilla Cooper is President of the Family Connection Center, devoted to helping and advocating for change in the lives of poor women and children. Prisscilla personally counsels, educates and empowers poor women on a face-to-face basis. In her work Prisscilla tries to give women the confidence to develop the voice they need to talk about their problems and issues and to plan the strategies that will help them. These strategies may include finding jobs, appealing adverse decisions made by welfare case workers, or for some women, it may mean trying to meet with community leaders to voice their concerns. Prisscilla has testified before county commissioners and led several marches against poverty. She has been an active member of the group Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor (STOP). Prisscilla is a tireless and dedicated advocate for the well-being of women and children.
Terri T. Davis is Director of Family Health & creator and current manager of the Family Drop-In Center of Beech Brook, a mental health agency for children. She is a passionate advocate for women and children. She has managed the Drop-in Center since 1996. She is a certified mediator, anger management facilitator and a facilitator using the Active Parenting Curriculum. Terri never turns down an opportunity to speak at schools, workshops, religious organizations and conferences. No job is too big or small for Terri, who often works nights and weekends. She is equally comfortable working with foundation program officers and convicted felons. She even took a family into her home when she recognized that she could help them. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Carolyn Grossman Award from the Heights Parenting Center for lifelong dedication to children and families.