LEADERSHIP AWARD (POSTHUMOUS)
Freddie Stebbins Jefferson
February 1, 1936 – October 27, 2007
Freddie Stebbins Jefferson, an educator and weekly columnist for The Palm Beach Post, was a writer intent on ending racism and bigotry. She believed historically these twin horrors are the seminal roots of many of our nation’s problems. She addressed issues of racism and bigotry in her writing and community work, often discussing how such prejudices, both conscious and unconscious, affect all people.
Born in Arcadia, Fla., Jefferson received a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree from Stetson University and a specialist in English education degree from Florida State University.
She taught for 13 years in the Palm Beach County school system before joining the faculty at PBCC. She worked at PBCC for 20 years as an English professor and later chair of the Humanities Division before retiring in 1992. She began writing a column for the Opinion section of The Palm Beach Post in 1989, and served on the Editorial Board of The Palm Beach Post from 1992 to 1995. Her column ran locally on Saturdays from 1989 until 2007 and were sometimes reprinted in newspapers throughout the United States and internationally.
Jefferson was active in her community throughout her life. She was a member of the Las Novias Society and the West Palm Beach Chapter of The Links, Inc.; a Golden Life member of the West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; a life member of the Florida A&M Alumni Association; a member of the Quettes of the Palm Beaches; a life member of NAACP; and a member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. She also was involved with the Palm Beach County Minority Arts Consortium; Executive Women of the Palm Beaches; Toward a More Perfect Union; Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties; and Hospice of Palm Beach County.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (INDIVIDUAL)
Timothy J. Henderson
Timothy Henderson’s dedication and service over the past 15 years have resulted in numerous health care and social programs that have improved the lives of local children and adults.
As director of research and planning for the Palm Beach County Health Care District from 1995 to 1997, Henderson led initiatives that put nurses in every school and that brought the Healthy Kids insurance program to the county. As vice president for programs at the Quantum Foundation, he led the Foundation’s grant-making efforts from 1997 to 2006, including developing new projects promoting access to health care for the underserved. Some of the projects he helped develop at the Quantum Foundation include Project Access, a Palm Beach County Medical Society program in which 350 volunteer physicians, eight hospitals and other health care providers donate medical care to low-income, uninsured residents. Other programs include the H.O.P. E. Project, a mobile mammography unit that serves 2,000 uninsured women annually, and the Brown Orthodonture Program that provides services to underserved children for a nominal fee. He also led efforts to establish the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative, a program providing behavioral health services in elementary schools in low income neighborhoods and the Community Health Alliance, an agency that coordinates health services for the underserved in Palm Beach County.
Henderson’s dedication to serving those in need extends beyond Palm Beach County. As a volunteer for the United Way of Palm Beach County, he made five trips to the gulf area to assist with recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
He has served on numerous state, local and regional boards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Hurricane Katrina Fund Advisory Committee; the Boundless Playground Foundation Roundtable, an initiative that helped establish a Boundless Playground at John Prince Park for children with and without disabilities; Grantmakers in Aging, a national organization comprised of foundations that fund programs for seniors; the Quantum House board and the School Health Advisory Steering Committee.
Henderson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in geography.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (STUDENT)
Molly G. Johnson
Molly Gallimore Johnson is dedicated to promoting opportunities for the betterment of children and their families. When students at the Beacon Center at South Grade Elementary School in Lake Worth needed assistance with school uniforms last August, she organized a uniform donation drive that benefited more than 50 children.
Johnson has volunteered her services for a variety of organizations through the years. She has facilitated toy drives, served as a volunteer basketball coach for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County and conducted etiquette and personal hygiene classes for girls. She has served on the School Advisory Council for the Alexander D. Henderson University School and Florida Atlantic University High School. She is on the Board of Directors for Step Up!, a Missouri-based organization that addresses the educational and health needs of survivors of the Rwanda genocide.
A licensed school psychologist and former special education teacher for severely emotionally disturbed students, Johnson has worked for 20 years with the Miami- Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County school districts. She has been commended for conducting numerous training sessions and workshops for parents and school personnel on topics of conflict resolution, problem solving and effective behavioral training.
A firm believer in continuing education, Johnson holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Miami, a master of special education from Nova University and a specialist of education degree in school psychology from Florida International University.
She is pursuing an associate in science degree in nursing at Palm Beach Community College, a career path she chose after seeing her father fight and ultimately lose his battle to cancer. She is a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association and a student member of the Evaluation and Strategic Planning Committee for the PBCC’s Nursing department.
A devoted wife of 21 years and mother of three girls, she is most proud of the love and support provided by her family. She aspires to be a positive role model to children and a positive influence on those whose path she may cross.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (ORGANIZATION)
Twenty years ago, a group of volunteers came together to educate the community about HIV. From their commitment and passion, Compass was born. Through the years, Compass has evolved into a community center that is the largest of its kind in the southeast United States and one of the most respected gay and lesbian community centers in the country. Through the center, Compass serves more than 20,000 people a year, providing quality health-related services, youth and family services, HIV prevention, education and case management and a safe space for social and support meetings. The center also serves as a referral agency to other nonprofits and government agencies, with more than 20 calls an hour every day. Compass serves anyone who walks through the door seeking help.
Compass partners with more than 250 nonprofits, community organizations, businesses and government agencies to ensure the dignity of all individuals in the county. It collaborates with organizations to support racial and ethnic equality, religious freedom, women’s rights, the concerns of seniors and economic justice. As stated by one of the nominators, Compass does not discriminate against an opportunity to do a good deed.
Recently, Compass negotiated a 20-year, low-rent lease with the city of Lake Worth to operate from a city-owned facility on Dixie Highway. The partnership will allow Compass to expand its services and assist the city with social services and recreational needs available to the city’s population.