For the Children: Holiday Thanks from OICA

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As we enter the week before Christmas, I would like to take time to reflect on the many people who have worked so hard to make a difference this year for the children of our state through the efforts of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA).  I know I will forget many, and I apologize as I only have a limited amount of space, but know we appreciate all that has been done to help the youngest Oklahomans over this past year.

I first want to start by thanking our staff.  We have had some staffers move on to other positions, but each has played a key role in helping elevate OICA into the organization that it now is.  Our current team has put in many hours over the past month to ensure that OK Foster Wishes comes to a successful conclusion this week, as well as working to finalize our daily desktop calendar, complete our end of year mailing to thank our donors and wrap up the work before we start a new year.  Our team, both fulltime employees and contract workers, each play a vital part of our overall mission and I am thankful to have worked this past year with each of them.

I also want to thank our board members, including those who will be stepping down due to their term limit.  Our board is an all-volunteer organization and at the last meeting, we elected new members to step in to continue the mission.  When I was hired in 2016, we had nine board members who were dedicated to seeing the change come about for OICA to return to our advocacy roots and maximize the impact we have on Oklahoma’s children.  I am grateful the board members have allowed me the opportunity to take our organization back to that original focus and I fully expect great things to happen with our new board members who will begin their duties on January 1.  I am also appreciative of the applicants who have agreed to serve on committees to assist the organization with our various programs through the year.


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