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September 10, 2019
Saginaw, MI – September 10, 2019: At its Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region honored Peter Rose-Barry (Saginaw), Dan Parker (Midland), and the employees of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (Birmingham) for their remarkable volunteer contributions.
Peter Rose-Barry (Saginaw) is honored as the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of the Year because of the exceptional dedication he displays and his passion for being the voice for our region’s most vulnerable children. For four years, Peter has advocated for children who are in our foster care system due to abuse and neglect. In 2015, Peter was assigned his first CASA case involving three young children. Peter advocated for this family for nearly one year until the children were reunified with their parents. In 2018, these same children entered foster care for a second time in their young lives. Without hesitation, Peter became their advocate yet again to provide consistency and a familiar face during a time of great uncertainty for these children. 
Peter is currently advocating for a 14-year-old boy who has suffered significant trauma and has struggled through a failed adoption and now resides in a residential facility 100 miles away. This child has no family that keep in touch with him. Peter truly is one of just a few people who remain in this child’s life. As of today, Peter has been this child’s CASA for 961 days. While the future is still uncertain for this child, because of Peter’s dedication, he knows that his CASA volunteer is committed to advocating for him until permanence is achieved and his case is closed.
Dan Parker (Midland) became a volunteer at the CAN Council to make the jobs of those working in the non-profit world easier by developing databases through Microsoft Access. His databases are utilized across all CAN Council programs. Dan is a vital part of the CAN team. Without hesitation, he will make himself available to answer any questions, troubleshoot problems, and he’s always willing to develop new additions to his original programs as needs change. Dan is honored as Volunteer of the Year for his continued dedication to the prosperity of the CAN Council and for his years of service to our cause. 
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (Birmingham) Gary Wilson from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. approached the CAN Council in 2017 with the hopes of developing a partnership to provide volunteer opportunities for the organization’s staff. The result has been a flourishing relationship for both organizations. J.P Morgan volunteers are positive, outgoing individuals with a stellar work ethic. Thanks to their volunteers, the CAN Council has had many successful fundraising efforts, whether it’s selling 50/50 tickets at Spirit hockey games or facilitating fun activities for children at the CAN Council Ducky Derby. They’ve also been a huge asset with Child Abuse Prevention Month, as well as keeping the CAN Council grounds looking it’s best. The company is honored as Group Volunteer of the Year for sharing so greatly the time and talents of its workforce.
For more information on how the CAN Council is impacting child abuse in our community and how residents can get involved, visit cancouncil.org.
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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through its nationally accredited and evidence-based education, intervention and advocacy programs. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 40 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.
Emily Yeager, President/CEO
eyeager@cancouncil.org, 989 752-7226