The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) of Monterey County has honored Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, with the prestigious Talcott Bates Award for her efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.
The award was presented at CAPC’s annual awards breakfast, Wednesday April 8, 2015, held at California State University Monterey Bay. The Talcott Bates Award is named in memory of Dr. Talcott Bates, who was a leading Monterey pediatrician and early advocate for child welfare and abuse prevention.
“Dr. Kotowski understands the importance of collaboration,” said Dr. Charles “Chip” Bates, who presented the award on behalf of the Bates family. “She has formed partnerships with complimentary community agencies and stakeholders that share a common dream that all children can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.”
Dr. Kotowski said she would dedicate the award to the staff at the Monterey County Office of Education, and to members of the partner agencies that comprise the Monterey County Children’s Council.
“These are the people who provide the leadership and direction to create and deliver important services to our children that will allow them to grow and succeed,” said Dr. Kotowski.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council, founded in 1986, is directed to coordinate child abuse prevention, treatment, education, and awareness efforts in Monterey County.
Also honored at the CAPC event: