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Child Life Council Recognizes Leaders in Child Life for Distinguished Service, Clinical Excellence and Philanthropic Support at 28th Annual Conference
Date:6/3/2010

The Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists, announced today the 2010 award winners to be honored at the 28th Annual Conference on Professional Issues taking place June 11 - 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Melissa "Missi" Hicks receives the Distinguished Service Award, Belinda "Bindy" Sweett i s honored with the inaugural Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award, and Charles "Chuck" Rumbarger and Starlight Children's Foundation have been selected as the 2010 CLC Spirit of Giving Award winners.

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) June 3, 2010 -- The Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists, announced today the 2010 award winners for the Distinguished Service Award, the Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award, and the Spirit of Giving Award.

Melissa “Missi” Hicks, MS, CCLS, LPC, RPT-S, has been named as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Service Award. First bestowed upon Emma Plank in 1988, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented once a year by the CLC Executive Board to an individual in the field of child life who has contributed significantly to the development of the profession. Ms. Hicks’ enterprising spirit and outstanding contributions to the child life profession were key factors in her selection. With a unique career trajectory that sets her apart from previous award winners, Missi has demonstrated that there are many ways to be a great child life leader. Her pioneering efforts in creating opportunities in new frontiers, such as her work at Camp Sunshine and Wonders & Worries, have helped the larger professional child life community embrace her vision of a future where child life extends well beyond the hospital. Today, Ms. Hicks continues her innovative work as a child life consultant based out of Raleigh, North Carolin
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