Ned and JoAnn Winterbottom with Sally Borden, (center) who is the 2016 recipient of Laura’s Spirit Award presented in honor of the Winterbottom’s daughter. 

Laura’s Spirit Award Recognizes Borden

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Thursday September 29, 2016

Sally Borden, Executive Director of KidSafe Collaborative and a resident of South Burlington, was honored with the Laura’s Spirit Award at the 2016 Laura’s March fundraiser held in September at Burlington’s Oakledge Park. Presented by JoAnn and Ned Winterbottom, Laura’s parents, the Laura’s Spirit Award recognized Borden’s “outstanding service on behalf of child protection and wellbeing and her extensive critical initiatives to prevent child abuse and neglect and build sturdier, more nurturing families.”

KidSafe has long supported the Laura Kate Winterbottom (LKW) Memorial Fund created by the Winterbottom family and friends in memory of Laura following her tragic death in 2005 in Burlington. Among Laura’s community activities, she had volunteered at KidSafe, sharing her graphic design talents with the organization. Sally Borden has organized Team KidSafe annually to participate in Laura’s March in her memory.

The LKW Fund supports organizations working to prevent sexual and domestic violence and support survivors of violence. KidSafe has been honored to be a past beneficiary organization. Although 2016 represents the tenth and final Laura’s March, the Winterbottom family announced that the work of the fund will continue into the future.

KidSafe Collaborative addresses the need for coordinated support to children and families through interagency child protection teams, the KidSafe Collaborative Council, a community advisory board, and its statewide trainings for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. KidSafe is a funded agency of the United Way. For more information, visit