NORMAN — On March 18, the Children’s Rights Coordinating Commission voted unanimously to award the Outstanding Service to Children award to Dr. Candace McCaffrey. McCaffrey was recognized Tuesday evening at the Norman City Council meeting.
The Norman Children’s Rights Commission established an annual award to recognize individuals’ or entities’ dedicated exceptional achievement in service to children. In selecting the recipients of this award, the commission considers “successes, results and impact of achievements, inspiration or motivation and innovations undertaken,” according to city staff notes.
McCaffrey is a clinical psychologist who works to bring healing to young people. Her personal mantra is “For The Good of the Children,” and she has provided countless hours of volunteer work, serving as a member of the Child Abuse Response Team of Cleveland County and as a board member of the Oklahoma Professional Society on Abuse Children, Mary Abbott Children’s House and Bethesda Inc.
McCaffrey was nominated by Bethesda board member Glenda Peters.
“Through our years of shared participation in Exchange Club, and as board members at Marry Abbott children’s House and Bethesda Inc., I have come to appreciate the deep and lasting, healing influence Candace has brought thousands of children,” Peters wrote in her nomination letter. “Candace’s wise and caring mentorship of numerous interns and clinicians in training also guarantees a legacy of protective care for generations of our children to come.”
Peters said McCaffrey’s dedication to children has been life-long and carried out through both paid and voluntary settings.