The Honorable Ken Burke (Pinellas) was recognized by the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office with the Community Advocate of the Year 2015 Sixth Judicial Circuit award. Clerk Burke was publically acknowledged for his admirable level of support for the Guardian ad Litem’s program and mission.
The special recognition took place at Shorecrest Preparatory on November 30, 2015, among 300 attendees.
“It is with much respect and admiration that I accept this incredibly meaningful recognition,” said Clerk Burke. “Advocacy and support go a long way in a foundation as solid and transformative as the Guardian ad Litem Program and I am proud to support their commitment towards improving the lives of children.”
After the award presentation, attendees were treated to an inspiring and memorable speech given by guest speaker Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Ms. Rhodes-Courter spoke about her experiences as a foster child,adopted child, foster parent, child advocate, mom and author. The ultimate goal of the evening was to educate the students and community at large about child welfare and also inspire individuals to volunteer or play another role in the betterment of children’s lives.