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AQUINAS? HEARTWELL HONORED BY CHILD ADVOCACY GROUP - Apr 11, 2003

April 11, 2003 - The Reverend George Heartwell, director of the Community Leadership Institute at Aquinas College, will be honored for his personal and professional efforts on behalf of children advocacy. The Child and Family Resource Council will present Rev. Heartwell with the Lifetime Child Advocate Award during their 15th Annual Service to Children Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 22. The Celebration will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wealthy Street Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE

According to the Council, Rev. Heartwell has employed his efforts through the Community Leadership Institute to raise awareness, understanding and sensitivity to the complex dynamics of a growing community by introducing the next generation of leaders to the social, political, economic and institutional realities that affect the quality of life for children and families in our community.


Among his achievements, Rev. Heartwell is being recognized for his efforts to establish the lead-poisoning prevention initiative Get The Lead Out. As a city commissioner, he pushed for adoption of the Our Children, Our Future standards that led to formation of the Mayor's Child Well-being Task Force and the development of the Office of Children, Youth and Families.

The community-wide celebration will honor four community members who diligently work to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect.

Tickets are available for $20 for adults and $5 per student K-12 and children under five are free. Contact the Child and Family Resource Council at 616-454-4673 for more information.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlimited ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 20 states and 12 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program. Visit our Web site at www.aquinas.edu.