The Woman of Wonder Award
Every year when the WOW League comes together to plot our next year’s strategies to fulfill our mission, we recognize an outstanding sister who works or volunteers with at-risk youths in Cape May County. The Woman of Wonder Award is a prestigious acknowledgement of a superhero who goes above and beyond her work or volunteer responsibilities on an ongoing basis. The Woman of Wonder exemplifies a super-hero in action.
Past Women of Wonder
2013 Women of Wonder: Noel R. Hier, Cape May County Technical High School
The 2013 Woman of Wonder, Noel R. Hiers, is the director of School Based Youth Services at Cape May County Technical High School. Noel began to build this vibrant school program in 2006…from scratch. Now, Cape May Tech has a meaningful program with outstanding counseling services for all its students. The multi-focus program includes activities like field trips, student clubs and support groups like the diabetes support club and the GLBT club, among others.
The school based youth services program has become one of the most highly valued, highly utilized programs of the school. In others words, this super hero built a world of good from literally nothing.
Some of the outcomes from this super hero’s unsung work have been building tolerance for all, creating a sense of community for the diverse group of students attending tech, and a safe haven for students when they are at their most vulnerable moments.
Noel Hiers, Director, School Based Youth Services at Cape May Tech High School.
2012 Woman of Wonder: Martina Singleton AKA Oprah Winfrey, CARA
Whether it is at noon on a school day or midnight on a weekend - Martina Singleton is there when you need her! Martina is employed by the Coalition Against Rape and Abuse – CARA – as the Sexual Assault Program Director. But that is just her cover story for her life of heroic actions. She has not only risen up from her own personal history of abuse, she helps to raise our children up out of their situations of abuse and helps them learn to cope with the life altering consequences of violence. For her support, love and work with the COMPACT students, Martina takes her place in the WOW Hall of Fame.
Tracey Staab, principal COMPACT, Martina Singleton, recipient, and Amanda Paris, former COMPACT student.
2011 Woman of Wonder: Myra Belasco, Lower Cape May Regional School District
Myra Belasco, Counselor, Lower Cape May Regional School District exemplifies an unsung super-hero among us who quietly and without much fan fare is making a huge difference in the lives of our at-risk children. Myra works closely with Cape Educational COMPACT to recommend and support students from her high school to the program. According to her nominator, she consistently goes above and beyond in supporting her COMPACT students. Myra’s dedication earned her a place in the WOW Hall of Fame.
Vicki Clark, Foundation VP, Diane McKoy, Foundation President, Myra Belasco, recipient, Tracey Staab, COMPACT, Freeholder Sue Sheppard, Dr. Pat Gentile