Carolee Wynhoff, Education Director of SACPC, nominated Penni Maples for the Caught in the Act award. Carolee often refers to Penni as the “Pied Piper,” as children gravitate to her, sensing her great heart and desire to help them become all they are capable of being. Penni’s professional work has permitted here to speak with children regarding “risking behavior” and choices. She collaborates with adults in our community to insure they are aware of the threat of sexual/domestic violence and the training available to educate themselves with the professional knowledge and resources available to them and our community children. Penni helps our Lakewood children develop responsibility, plan, develop decision making skills, come to understand empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills and further works to insure caring school and community climates for all to develop in. Carolee stated, “As Education Director at SACPC, I had to teach her the concept of the word “no” when it came to her program’s capacity to meet county needs and caring for herself!”
Penni officially retired from SACPC on June 30th, 2007, yet is still working on their board, attending community meetings, bolstering their agency resources and representing their work and agency within the community. Penni was the founder of Make-A-Wish Foundation for the states of Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. Penni also worked 30 years as a pediatric nurse. She is one of the amazing people in our community that gives so much of herself and feels as if it is her calling, never expecting thanks.
That is why Penni Maples, initially recognized by her friend and co-worker, Carolee Wynhoff, and now by Lakewood’s Human Services Collaboration, is receiving the traveling Red Wagon, a symbol of Lakewood’s Promise of people pulling their weight to help the youth in Lakewood. She exemplifies all our promises by providing ongoing relationships, teaching, safe places and healthy environments for children.
Lakewood’s Promise mission is to mobilize people from every sector of life in Lakewood to build the character and competence of our youth by fulfilling these Promises:
- Caring Adults-Provide ongoing relationships with caring adults-parents, mentors, tutors and coaches
- Safe Places &Provide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours
- Healthy Start-Provide all the elements leading to good physical/mental health for a health future
- Marketable Skills-Provide marketable skills through effective education
- Opportunities to Serve-Provide youth with opportunities to serve in their community.
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities presents each month a “Caught in the Act-of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed for a family/child in the City of Lakewood. The November recipient is Penni Maples for her work with SACPC and children in our community.