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3rd Annual Nancy Stuart Tonkin Award Winner Announced

The Children’s Home Society hosted their Annual Meeting on November 12, 2020 and announced the 3rd Annual Nancy Stuart Tonkin Award Winner. This year’s prestigious award went to Children’s Home Society’s Director of Permanency Services, Julia Kesler and Children’s Home Society’s Regional Director, Marilyn Pearce. Working days, nights and weekends, Julia and Marilyn’s mission was to do whatever it took to assure House Bill 4092 was passed, paving the way for a brighter foster care system in West Virginia. Nancy would have been extremely proud of these two ladies. Congratulations!


Nancy Stuart Tonkin exemplified advocacy in her work with Children’s Home Society and others.  Nancy was successful in all her roles at Children’s Home Society.  She was an employee and used research to improve casework protocols.  She was a Board Member, Board Chairperson, and Board Member Emeritus.  Nancy was an effective recruiter of board members, supporters and volunteers.   She was tireless in communicating the mission of CHS to the community and interpreting the community’s reaction.  Nancy Chaired the Board of Directors during the 100-anniversary year.  Nancy was responsible for linking Children’s Home Society with OMEGA and other organizations which resulted in millions of dollars of support for programs.  Nancy lobbied for Children’s Home Society and other child welfare agencies and was successful in improving foster care payments allowing the Society to significantly expand their foster care program. She was trusted and effective advisor to the Children’s Home Society in all public policy matters.  She was a strong advocate for permanency, child well-being and family support services.