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DATE: March 11, 2004
Children's advocate wins first Commission for Women community award
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn's Commission
for Women will present an inaugural Susan B. Anthony Community Award
this month to Gail Bagale, president of the board of directors of Child's
The new award, created to recognize individuals in the community who
advance the cause of women's equality in southeastern Michigan, helps
mark the commission's 30th
anniversary this year.
For the past 25 years, the commission has presented the Susan B. Anthony
Award annually to a member of the campus community who has advanced women's
issues. Both the campus award and the new Susan B. Anthony Community Award
will be presented at the group's annual
award dinner on March 31.
"Gail has been recognized by the Commission for her many years of
work on behalf of women and girls through her various professional and
volunteer activities in organizations such as Child's Hope, the Family
Service Agency of Detroit and Wayne County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters,
the Girl Scouts and Oakwood Hospital," according to Roma Heaney,
chair of the selection committee.
As board president of Child's Hope, formerly known as the Child Abuse
Prevention Council for Out-Wayne County, Bagale has developed a large
volunteer movement to educate and advocate against child abuse in Wayne
County. She was a catalyst for partnering with UM-Dearborn's School
of Education to educate students about child abuse prevention through
classroom and internship experiences.
For 17 years, Bagale worked in a family service agency, and later joined
the faculty of the Department of Medical Education at Oakwood Hospital,
where she brought behavioral science and community medicine into the curricula
of the residency training programs for physicians.
Bagale initiated the 2003 Community Summit for mentoring children, which
brought together community leaders, mentoring programs, community service
groups, educators and citizens to network and provide an impetus for mentoring
children in Wayne County.
She has been a Girl Scout leader for developmentally disabled teenagers
and a 'big sister' to a learning disabled girl.