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March 29, 2021 Debbie Baker Cwalina - Be The Voice

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Debbie Baker Cwalina is the owner and founder of Creative Corporate Ideas Inc., a certified Woman Owned Business (WBE). She started her company in 1993 and has received recognition as a Top Woman Owned Small Business in Georgia. In the Fall of 2014, looking for a place to make a difference, Debbie joined the Roswell Rotary Club. Inspired by the many programs that her Rotary club supported throughout the community, Debbie and Mike Schoppenhorst approached the RRC’s President and Interact Chair with the concept of Be THE Voice - a high-energy student-driven "Movement for Kindness, Compassion and Inclusion". Since inception, BTV has made great strides in changing how students respond to difficult social situations - within their peer groups and community. For more information click here: https://be-the-voice.org/ After a year of research and development and enthusiastic support from the Rotary club of Roswell, Debbie and Mike launched the BTV program in 8 area schools, led by the Interact Clubs. With the success of the program and her strong desire to get involved in the community, Debbie was honored to be awarded Roswell Rotary’s prestigious “Rookie of the Year” award in 2015 and then share the “Rotarian of the Year” award with Mike in 2016. In addition, Be THE Voice won the “Best Youth Service Project” for District IV in 2018/19. In the 2019/20 program, Be THE Voice impacted approximately 50,000 students in 47 schools throughout Georgia. The reviews the BTV program has received from Principals, Teachers and Students have been overwhelmingly positive. With the help of Roswell Rotary and many other corporate sponsors and volunteers, Be THE Voice became a 501c3 in 2017 to help meet the fast growing demand for the campaign. Flexible enough to be used in any school in the country, we aim to take BTV nationwide!

Posted by Bill White
March 30, 2021

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