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We are excited to announce we have a new date for the 2020 KidSafe Awards Luncheon, September 24, 2020. We look forward to gathering for this wonderful celebration to recognize our amazing awardees! Tickets can be purchased at *Any tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new date.

The 2020 KidSafe Outstanding Service Awardees:

Lifetime Achievement:  Brenda Hamlin (Vermont Kin As Parents)

Outstanding Professional: Kathy Gallagher (Edmunds Middle School)

Outstanding Collaboration: Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV)

Janet S. Munt Prevention Award: The Lullaby Project (Scrag Mountain Music [with Lund and Writers For Recovery])

Gregory Packan Outstanding Advocacy: Anne Johnston, posthumous (UVM Children’s Hospital Neonatology)

Promising Professional: Ashley Lavigne (DCF Family Services)



It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr. Anne Johnston passed away following a courageous battle she waged against brain cancer.  As a neonatologist at University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, her work as an advocate for infants who had been exposed to opioids and their families made an enormous difference in our region and state, and the model of care she created and implemented for these babies and their parents and caregivers has become a national model for successful treatment of these children. She was a founding and continuing member of the ChARM (Children and Recovering Mothers) team, where we all had the benefit of learning from Anne and working in partnership with her. She shared not only her medical expertise, but her commitment to listening to and learning from the pregnant women and mothers with a history of opioid use disorder, and a commitment to treating all with respect and dignity. Her influence and legacy will be carried forward by all of us fortunate to know and work with her.


Anne's Obituary can be found here

Online donations in memory of Anne can be made here