The 4th Annual Delaware Veterans Parade & Monument Dedication – Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2018

When/Where:  Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM – Downtown Dover – W. Loockerman Street to Legislative Avenue

When/Where:  Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 12:00 PM – Downtown Dover – Legislative Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

The Delaware General Assembly, the Delaware Department of State, the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, the Delaware Heritage Commission, Dover Air Force Base, and the City of Dover will honor Delaware Women Veterans with this year’s ‘Veterans Day Parade.’ The parade will begin at 10:00 A.M. winding through downtown Dover ending at the site of the dedication ceremony.

For more information on the parade, please contact Colinda Marker in Legislative Council at 302-744-4303 or colinda.marker@delaware.gov. Registration to enter the parade is also available with the deadline on Monday, October 29, 2018.

Please help us honor Delaware’s Women Veterans at Legislative Hall. The dedication ceremony will follow the parade starting at 12:00 P.M. Parking is available all around Legislative Hall, which sits on Legislative Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North and South. Refreshments will follow the ceremony at the Delaware Public Archives adjacent to Legislative Hall.

For more information on the monument dedication, please call (302) 744-4114 or email: Legislative.Council@delaware.gov

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Governor Carney Celebrates Senator Margaret Rose Henry Alongside Office of Women’s Advocacy and Advancement

Policymakers, Public Join Together for Women’s History Month Celebration and Lecture

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney, Delaware’s Office for Women’s Advocacy and Advancement, the Delaware Department of Human Resources, the Delaware Commission for Women, and Delaware Women’s Workforce Council, today hosted the first lecture of its kind titled “Redefining Women in the Workplace” in honor of Senator Margaret Rose Henry and Women’s History Month.

“Senator Margaret Rose Henry is a trailblazer, and we are going to miss her leadership in Dover,” said Governor Carney. “Her commitment to the advancement of women is exactly why we are honoring her at this event today. It’s been a privilege to work with her protecting Delaware’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy, under Delaware’s Department of Human Resources, is responsible for leading the ongoing implementation of women’s rights legislation and evaluating current women’s rights legislation. The Office is run by Melanie Ross Levin, who serves as the Office’s Director.

“Delaware made history when Senator Margaret Rose Henry became the first African American woman to join the Delaware State Senate. And Delaware continues to make history today, by investing in the first state-wide Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy,” said Melanie Ross Levin. “As a new office, we look forward to continuing to work with Senator Margaret Rose Henry and all of the champions for women and girls in the legislature, executive branch and community to move policies forward for women and girls in the first state.”

This lecture focused on issues including sexual harassment in the workplace, equal pay and paid parental leave, bringing together policymakers, business leaders and others concerned with women’s issues for a productive conversation. The lecturer was Lisa Maatz, Former Vice President of Government Relations at the American Association of University Women and leader of several national coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls.

“The theme of this event is so relevant to the work of the Department of Human Resources,” said Saundra Ross Johnson, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Human Resources. “We are committed to creating and sustaining an equitable environment for all State employees that is free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and assault.”

Shortly following the lecture, the Governor joined Representative Longhurst, Senator Hansen, Senator Henry, U.S. Senator Coons, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester and many members of the General Assembly for a rally supporting Delaware’s Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). House Bill 399 aims at filing an ERA for the Delaware Constitution to expand and protect women’s rights. This amendment will reduce sex-based disparity and codify Delaware’s value of equality.

More information about the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy can be found here.


Four Delaware Leaders Honored at 36th Annual Hall of Fame of Delaware Women Ceremony

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Commission for Women added four outstanding female leaders to the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women at its annual induction ceremony Wednesday evening.

This year’s inductees have each made substantial and meaningful contributions throughout their careers to improve the lives of countless Delawareans. They are retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger; State Representative Debra Heffernan; Dr. Janice Nevin, president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System; and the late Kendall M. Wilson, the first executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware.

Governor John Carney praised each of the inductees during the ceremony at the Christiana Hilton in Newark.

“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are a diverse group of innovators, freedom fighters, caregivers and public servants, all of whom who made great sacrifices throughout their careers and triumphed through their perseverance,” Gov. Carney said. “Carolyn Berger, Deb Heffernan, Janice Nevin and Kendall Wilson are true role models, and it is our honor to give them the recognition they deserve.”

Chosen from a list of nominees submitted by individuals and organizations from across the state, the inductees were selected based on their remarkable careers and the significance of their work. To date, 142 women have been inducted to this prestigious group.

“It’s an honor to be included among the many outstanding Delaware women who’ve been inducted into the Hall of Fame.” Said Justice Berger, the first woman to sit on Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Supreme Court. “I hope my service will inspire young women to seek judicial careers, and I look forward to the day that one of those women becomes the first female Chief Justice.”

Joan Isken attended the ceremony on behalf of her late mother Kendall McDowell Wilson, who championed the poor, the incarcerated and those who could not afford legal representation as a founder of the Delaware chapter of the ACLU.

“My mother fought hard under great adversity to advocate for others. With her warrior spirit, she never wavered from her quest for justice,” Ms. Isken said. “We remain proud of her and are now thankful for her public recognition as she joins the ranks of Delaware’s significant women.”

Debra Heffernan began her career in public service after 25 years in the private sector as an environmental toxicologist. After serving on the Brandywine School Board, she was elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in 2010.

“It is an honor to be among women who have made such exceptional contributions to Delaware. It’s important that we stand together to support women and women’s rights,” said Rep. Heffernan, D-Brandywine Hundred. “I will continue to advocate for those rights in Legislative Hall, as well as in the community, and do not take this honor lightly.”

As the leader of Delaware’s largest health care system, Dr. Janice Nevin has overseen a campaign of innovation at Christiana Care.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Commission for Women, with its legacy of making great strides for the women of Delaware. I’m proud to join past and present recipients whom I respect and admire,” said Dr. Nevin. “I’m grateful for the Commission’s focus on women’s health as part of its core mission. Women’s health is vital for success in our work, in our families and in our society.

 

 

 

 


Four Delaware Leaders to be Honored at 36th Annual Hall of Fame of Delaware Women Ceremony

WILMINGTON – The Delaware Commission for Women will add four outstanding female leaders to the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women at its annual induction ceremony on March 22.

They are retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger; State Representative Debra Heffernan; Dr. Janice Nevin, president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System; and the late Kendall M. Wilson, the first executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware.

“These women exemplify a spirit of leadership and service that serves as a model for their fellow Delawareans and women throughout the state,” said Romona Fullman, executive director of the Delaware Commission for Women. “By adding their names to the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women, we continue to demonstrate the impact and influence of women leaders in the First State.”

Chosen from a list of nominees submitted by individuals and organizations from across the state, the inductees were selected based on their remarkable careers and the significance of their work. To date, 142 women have been inducted to this prestigious group.

The public is invited to join Gov. John Carney and the Commission for Women at a reception and award ceremony to celebrate their achievements and commemorate Women’s History Month in Delaware. This event will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at the Christiana Hilton in Newark.

The celebration will begin with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Presentation of awards will follow at 6:30 with remarks from the inductees. Previously inducted Hall of Fame members also will be in attendance. The cost is $50 per person.

For more information or to register, visit www.commissionforwomen.delaware.gov or call (302) 577-5287.

Click here for bios of each inductee.

 


State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman, Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women

Delaware Hall of Fame Award Photo
From left-to-right Secretary of State, Jeffrey Bullock; State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman; Chair, Commission for Women, Sherese Brewington-Carr

The Delaware Division of Libraries is delighted to announce Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in March 2016.

Each year the Delaware Commission for Women inducts exemplary women into their Hall of Fame. Dr. Norman is the first librarian to be inducted, and she was selected due to her transformational leadership in crafting innovative strategies and partnerships for Delaware Libraries on behalf of Delawareans.  A Senate Tribute, sponsored by Senator Margaret Rose Henry, was also presented in recognition of “outstanding efforts and expertise in the arena of literacy and library technology.”

“I’ve worked with Annie for several years, beginning when I was State Treasurer, and I offer my congratulations,” said Governor Jack Markell. “She has brought extraordinary vision to Delaware Libraries. I am very proud that even during difficult times my administration was able to invest more than ever in libraries, which would not have been possible without the efforts of Annie and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.”

In her remarks on behalf of Delaware Libraries, Dr. Norman noted, “2016 is the 115th anniversary of the Delaware State Library Commission.  Libraries have evolved over the past 115 years, and libraries support girls, and women, and all Delawareans in learning, and renewal, throughout life.”

“Annie’s pursuit of excellence is exhibited both in her personal quest to attain the highest level of professionalism by completing her doctorate while simultaneously expertly managing a state library agency and through her organization’s quest to identify and implement best practices drawn from the world of business as well as from the library world,” said William Wilson, of Himmel & Wilson, nationally recognized library consultants.

With the support of the Administration and General Assembly, as State Librarian Dr. Norman steers Delaware’s libraries in collaboration, expansion, and improvement of services on behalf of Delawareans.

  • Library buildings have almost doubled in size overall, and are designed to deliver state-of-the-art services through the robust shared technology platform supported by the Delaware Division of Libraries;
  • Using the live data that a shared technology platform makes possible, Delaware is first to develop an innovative library assessment model at scale across all public library services;
  • The Delaware Library Catalog (delawarelibraries.org), celebrating its 10th year, includes all Delaware public libraries as well as several academic, school, and special libraries sharing 2.6 million items on behalf of Delawareans statewide;
  • The Delaware Division of Libraries now supports statewide all public library technologies including the network, Wi-Fi, public access computing, catalog, electronic collections, program calendar, and more;
  • Delaware Libraries Inspiration Spaces, first formed with federal funds and a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support Job Seekers, also expanded the capacity to support Entrepreneurs and innovators through maker technologies and events where people can enthusiastically learn about and experiment with technology and DIY activities;  and
  • Partnerships with over 130 organizations and growing, expand the reach and capacity to meet Delawareans’ needs across all subject areas.

Dr. Norman has been State Librarian of Delaware since 2002.

  • She received her Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University, and is the recipient of the Audrey K. Doberstein Award for Leadership for her dissertation entitled Librarians’ Leadership for Lifelong Learning;
  • Her Master’s degree in Library Science is from Drexel University and she is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society;
  • Delaware Division of Libraries received the Delaware Quality Award of Merit and the Delaware Library Association Institutional Award in recognition of performance excellence principles and practices;
  • She received the Delaware Library Association Distinguished Service Citation; and
  • Her recent talk for TEDxWilmington, “Libraries and the American Dream” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDwndQ3qiSQ) conveys Delaware Libraries’ role in supporting the power of curiosity.

About

The Hall of Fame of Delaware Women, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, is the oldest annual celebration of Delaware Women, inclusive of all women throughout the State. Its purpose is to annually recognize and acknowledge the achievements of remarkable Delaware women.

The Delaware Division of Libraries, a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries, offers free access to the online catalog (delawarelibraries.org); Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and more.

Contact:
Beth-Ann Ryan
Deputy Director, Delaware Division of Libraries
302-257-2002
beth-ann.ryan@delaware.gov