Bea Black, CEO of Influence
On May 9, 2013, the WCA's Bea Black was honored as one of this year’s “CEO’s of Influence” by the Idaho Business Review. In its third year, the CEO of Influence is a special recognition program for the remarkable business and non-profit leaders throughout our state who consistently demonstrate strong leadership, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, financial performance, community and diversity.
Bea graciously accepted the award on behalf of all WCA staff and board members and spoke about the dedication and passion of the WCA team.
Dozens of nominations came from throughout the state, and were evaluated by a committee of Idaho business leaders. Other honorees included Sally Jeffcoat, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Tim Bundgard, Pioneer Title Company; Jim Cleary, MWI Veterinary Supply; and Bob Lokken, WhiteCloud Analytics.
The World of Anne Frank
The WCA partnered with the Idaho Human Rights Education Center on May 2, 2013, to present ”The World of Anne Frank” at the Morrison Center for Performing Arts. The performance included readings from Anne Frank’s diary and the extraordinary play “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank”.
Over 1,200 eighth grade students from the Boise School District attended a free morning performance and close to 800 community members attended an evening production.
The production — directed by Renee K. Vomocil, Director of Education at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, with high school students as the actors — highlighted the dangers of intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination. Both the WCA and the IHREC hope this special production in honor of human rights inspired all who attended to work to create a community of caring, happy and healthy individuals free from violence and fear.
Thank You, Idaho!
May 2, 2013, was the first ever “Idaho Gives” day sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Center. This inaugural event was a day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share how their work enhances communities throughout our state. More than 500 nonprofits and charities across Idaho participated, including the WCA.
Close to 6,200 people made online donations to the participating nonprofits, with gifts totaling over $578,000. The WCA came in at eighth place in the large nonprofit category with 100 unique donors — 49 of whom were first time donors to the WCA.
Excerpt from a client letter to our Executive Director
“The purpose for this correspondence is to take a moment to thank you for the life changing effects I received from your organization . . . I spent my entire life believing that I was an insignificant girl to be abused, emotionally, psychologically, and sexually. I felt like being abused was just my lot in life. I must have deserved it . . . I came to the WCA to figure out what it was about me that inhibited me from being the loving, nurturing mother that normal mothers are wired to be . . . I used to be so disconnected with my own life that I have very limited memories of it . . . With her help, I have become fully present. I enjoy life so much more. I no longer believe that life is happening to me. I believe that I am a part of life and that life is happening around me. Today, I have a multitude of tools to help me succeed.” - WCA counseling client