Thursday December 10, 2015
South Burlington Rotary Club announces Sally Borden, KidSafe Collaborative Executive Director, as the 2015 recipient of the Frederick H. Tuttle Award. Named for the South Burlington educator and school superintendent, the annual award recognizes individuals who bring the same extraordinary dedication, integrity, and service to the community as Fred Tuttle did throughout his personal and professional life. Throughout his career in South Burlington, Tuttle maintained an unwavering commitment to the schools and to the community at large. The criteria for this award derive from Tuttle’s example and include high standards exhibited in the recipient’s personal and professional lives, recognition as a role model for others, and significant contributions to their vocation and to the community. Most significant to the South Burlington Rotary Club, award recipients exemplify the Rotarian ideal of “Service Above Self.”
Borden is the Executive Director of the community based non-profit organization KidSafe Collaborative in Burlington. The KidSafe Collaborative engages agencies, community groups, and individuals to work together to improve our community’s prevention of, and response to child abuse and neglect. As the executive director, Borden provides leadership to the KidSafe Collaborative Council and the Community Advisory Board to the Vermont Department for Children and Families - Burlington District Office. She facilitates community child protection teams, leads the development of statewide training materials for mandatory reporters on reporting child maltreatment, and supports advocacy for policy and practice improvements.
Nominated by two South Burlington Rotarians, their testimony stated, “Since working in the field of child abuse prevention, her commitment to the field has been recognized at the community, state and national level. Borden is a recognized leader in the community for her work in addressing the systemic issues surrounding issues that lead to child maltreatment and is often invited to participate on task forces or to collaborate on teams addressing those issues.”
“Sally Borden embodies the dedication and principles of service exemplified by Frederick Tuttle. Working tirelessly on behalf of children and families, she provides leadership to her colleagues and staff, speaks out on the issues surrounding child maltreatment and has the rare ability to always keep the welfare of the child front and center, even as many disparate voices are heard.”
The Frederick H. Tuttle award was presented to Borden December 3 at the South Burlington Rotary Club’s annual holiday celebration.