On Thursday, May 10, 2017, Dr. Pamela Pine, CEO of Stop the Silence, received some wonderful news from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) in San Diego, CA. The email she received said this:
“It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been nominated to receive an award at the 22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, from September 21st-27th, 2017. This award is given to the individual who exemplifies compassion, wisdom, and tirelessness. They serve those who most need an ally during the most painful of times. This award honors and encourages the qualities of an advocate by recognizing outstanding life achievement on behalf of victims of interpersonal violence.”
Dr. Pamela Pine wrote back:
“I am thrilled! Thank you so much… My reality is that awards and praise have never been my motivators. Good work (from my perspective and respected others) and results, and the friends and colleagues I have made along the way, have been.
And, yet, I have been in my chosen field for 40 years, and, for those years, and years before that given the family I grew up in, I have been involved with advocacy in one form or another, in one area or another. And, now, to be recognized by my peers, and such illustrious ones at that, means something very real and important to me. I have worked hard, struggled with lots, been successful at much. And this recognition is important to me. And means a lot on many levels.
So, from the bottom of my heart and from the core of my being: Thank you. It is important work that we all do. You have made this person’s work even more meaningful.” ~Dr. Pamela J. Pine, Stop the Silence®
Congratulations, Dr. Pine, on a job well done, a life very well spent, and a heart that is more than open to the lives of survivors, and clinicians alike. You have earned this many times over! Here’s to many more years of sustained and successful effort! ~Much Love,
Jillian Short, International Spokesperson, Advocate
Stop the Silence®