2016 Winner of Passageways To Peace Award: andi manzer
Congratulations to Andi Manzer who is the recipient of New Day Shelter's 2016 Passageways to Peace Award! Andi is the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) for the Ashland-Bayfield County area, and works in the emergency room at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. She is the only SANE available in our area and is on call 24/7 to respond to the emergency room to conduct all of the sexual assault exams that come in. Andi treats all sexual assault victims with the utmost respect and dignity throughout the examination process. Her personal compassion is poured into her work. Andi leads the fight against sexual assault through the Forensic Medical Exams which are turned over to law enforcement, and then to the District Attorney to aid in the prosecution of sex crimes. Andi's dedication has been crucial and immeasurable to all victims and survivors of sexual assault. Our area is very fortunate to have a SANE available, especially one as valued and respected as Andi.
Andi was nominated for the award by Amy O'Donahue, Ashland-Bayfield County Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Liaison. Amy works closely with both Andi and New Day Shelter staff, and is a New Day Shelter Board member.
2015 passageways to peace winners: myra foster & wendy young
Myra has been influential to the cause of ending violence against women and children for many years. She has been an instrumental part of personal safety planning with clients seeking domestic violence/sexual assault services. Myra volunteers her time to assist victims with identifying safety concerns and assisting in a plan to increase safety, awareness and assess lethality during the most crucial times of victim’s lives, such as when leaving an abusive relationship or when abusive perpetrators are released back into the community. Myra has also volunteered her time to educate the community on safety tactics, mental awareness and identifying ways to protect individuals and families against violence. Myra is an example of going above and beyond to serve our community in bringing peace to victims and their families. Her humble contributions have not gone unnoticed by those she empowers. Her compassion, expertise and unfailing dedication is undoubtedly making passageways to peace for our victims, survivors and community. Congratulations, Myra!
Wendy is being honored for her leadership in organizing the Bad River Casino’s Annual Northland Spring Fashion Show fundraiser for the past three years, with proceeds benefitting domestic violence victims, and for organizing the Bad River Casino’s Big Bundle Up Campaign for the past two years, which collects community donations of new winter clothing, hats, and mittens for children affected by domestic violence.
Wendy Young is the Marketing Manager at Bad River Lodge & Casino. She has been instrumental in organizing the Annual Northland Spring Fashion Show fundraiser at Bad River Lodge & Casino over the past three years. All proceeds from this unique and innovative fundraiser benefit victims of domestic violence who seek safety and security from New Day, as well as the tribal program and shelter in Ashland County.
Wendy has also been influential in teaming up the Bad River Lodge & Casino with the Wisconsin State Department of Tourism to facilitate the Big Bundle Up Campaign over the past two years. This campaign is designed to help keep children warm during the winter, as donations for winter clothing, hats, mittens, etc. are sought from the public. All donated winter wear was given to New Day and the tribal program and shelter in Ashland County for the children affected by family and domestic violence. In the 2014 Big Bundle Up, 3,167 items of winter clothing were collected!
Wendy truly cares about the victims and their children. She deserves to be recognized for her continued willingness to seek innovative opportunities to raise funds and her ongoing sensitivity to those who are plagued by violence. Congratulations, Wendy!
2014 Passageways to peace Winner: Christa Grande
Christa is a New Day Shelter staff member. Christa was nominated for going way above and beyond the scope of her position as Domestic Violence Advocate at New Day. She has been a leader for the agency as well as the community. Christa has made herself available to her clients so as to be ready when they are ready to leave the abuse. Christa deserves to be recognized for all of her dedication and hard work in the fight against domestic violence. Congratulations to Christa!
2013 Passageways to Peace: Jenna Casey
The 2013 winner of the Passageways to Peace Award is Jenna Casey. Jenna is the W-2 Coordinator/Financial Employment Planner for Workforce Resource, and is a past New Day Shelter Board Director. Jenna is supportive of New Day Shelter and its mission within the capacity of her job as well as in her personal life. Jenna’s job allows her to meet at risk families on a daily basis. These families are coming to Jenna in a time of need and she so effortlessly meets them with kindness, compassion and understanding. She listens and comforts without judgment and builds a person up with offering endless support-skills that come natural to Jenna. In particular, she has spent extra time talking with victims of sexual assault, offering moral support and bolstering their self confidence. She is a valuable community resource and asset. Her program undoubtedly helps sustain families financially within our community; but, because of her passion, these families leave her office with so much more: hope and confidence for a violence free and supportive future.
Jenna has chosen to stand amongst many in an effort to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by openly promoting and participating in shelter functions, taking the time to educate herself and those around her about domestic violence/sexual assault and advocating for victims and their rights. She has been active in small group/church fundraising for New Day Shelter by her participation in area benefits for victims and as an advocate for New Day Shelter’s annual spring fundraiser, the New Day Limited.
Not a shy person by nature, Jenna has been vocal in the community’s need for an institution such as New Day Shelter and the effects that domestic violence and sexual assault have on all its citizens. It is without question that Jenna is making strides in creating passageways toward peace for the victims and survivors who are clients of New Day Shelter.
2012 Passageways to Peace: Scot Eisenhauer
The 2012 winner of the Passageways to Peace Award is Scott Eisenhauer, Iron River Chief of Police, Bayfield County. Chief Eisenhauer has and continues to visibly support and educate for the New Day Shelter and victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. He has attended New Day Shelter community events, coordinated Iron River community members to distribute New Day Shelter posters and publications, and, most significantly, has volunteered as co-chair of the Bayfield County CCR (Coordinated Community Response team), a collaborative group focused on system and community responses to abuse. In his former career in Central Wisconsin, he was active on the area's Sexual Assault Response Team, and has brought principles from that group to the Iron River community. Recognizing the barriers of a rural community, he has organized Iron River community members to develop a support system to address the immediate needs of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, such as client care, transportation, etc. These community members provide immediate support to victims in the Iron River area until New Day Shelter or other service providers can respond. Most recently, he has partnered with the Ashland County Sexual Assault CCR Coordinator to begin expanding the Ashland and Bayfield County Community Coordinated Response teams in hopes of strengthening efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the Chequamegon Bay Area. His understanding and forward actions have helped bridge the New Day Shelter with Bayfield County. Congratulations and thank you to Chief Scot Eisenhauer!
PREVIOUS PASSAGEWAYS TO PEACE AWARD RECIPIENTS: 2008 Yvonne Aronson 2009 Jean Ronning 2010 Amy O’Donahue 2011 Nancy Thyberg Nominations for this award are open to anyone, self-nomination is acceptable. Typical activities that would merit nomination: Fundraising Awareness raising Outside service collaboration Direct services to clients Shelter facility maintenance/refurbishment Influence on social policy issues Literary/artistic works, etc.