Safe Voices Honors Cayer as Community Hero
Cited for No Excuses initiative to engage men
November 22, 2011
Jane Morrison, executive director, Safe Voices, and award recipient Gerald Cayer.
Safe Voices honored Gerald Cayer, executive vice president of Franklin Community Health Network, as one of three “Community Hero” recipients at its annual meeting on October 20. The yearly gathering celebrates the organization’s accomplishments and recognizes the work of community partners throughout Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin Counties.
Cayer was cited for responding to the 2011 domestic violence homicides with No Excuses: A Call to Men, an initiative to engage men against domestic violence in Franklin County. He was also instrumental in offering ownership of the Farmington office building to Safe Voices free of cost.
“The goal is to engage the community, namely men, in creating social change,” said Cayer. “By example and by leadership, men will teach that strength and manhood are not defined by violence or domination.”
Since that time, Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, an affiliate of Franklin Community Health Network, has been participating in a community response that supports: the healthy development of boys; systems of response for men who need support; and the belief there are no excuses—period.
Also honored as Community Heroes were Jolene Lovejoy of Rumford who spearheaded a private fundraising drive for Safe Voices in Rumford, as well as the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, an arm of the USM Law School, that represents Safe Voices’ clients in hearings and family matters cases concerning domestic violence.
The mission of Safe Voices is to support and empower those affected by domestic violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties.
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