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Community Leadership Award Recognizing Diane Smith

November 23, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Each year, Illuminate Colorado honors the contributions of exceptional individuals and organizations who have furthered our collective mission to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment. RSVP for other award presentations for the Illuminating Leadership Awards.

One of the most powerful gifts you can give to future generations of Coloradans is sharing your lived experiences with policymakers or contributing your story to the narrative in Colorado to promote positive community norms that strengthen families and create impactful systemic change. The Community Leadership Awards recognize those individuals who have dedicated an extraordinary amount of their time and openly shared their experiences to further systemic change and strengthen families in Colorado. 

TODAY WE HONOR: Diane Smith. RSVP to watch the fireside chat and presentation of this Community Leadership Award to learn more. The video will be released below on this event page at the date and time of the event. 

Diane mentions Denver Parent Advocates Lending Support (DPALS) in her fireside chat. DPALS connects families with parent partners to help them navigate the child welfare system through peer-to-peer support, participating families receive encouragement, navigation assistance, and referrals to other services and resources. If you would like to learn more about DPALS, you can visit their website or email them at DPALS@denvergov.org.

Throughout November and December, we’ll be recognizing other recipients of Community Leadership Awards as well as other Illuminating Leadership awards:  

The Courageous Leadership Award recognizes a person in elected office or public employee for distinguished service focused on the prevention of child maltreatment and strengthening families.

The Catalytic Leadership Award honors an individual or organization that has invested or inspired philanthropic investment to accelerate the prevention of child maltreatment and strengthen families in Colorado.

The Innovative Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to the field of child maltreatment prevention.

The Lori Moriarty Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a career that exemplifies the achievements and character displayed by the late Commander Lori Moriarty. Lori Moriarty, a former Children’s Trust Fund Board Member, 20 year law enforcement veteran, and founder of both the Colorado and National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, was unyielding in her efforts to educate professionals on prioritizing drug endangered children.

2018 Illuminating awardees 

2019 Illuminating Leadership Awardees


When you RSVP to one of our virtual fireside chats, you will be automatically entered to win 4 tickets to the Denver Zoo. Additional fireside chats will take place on 11/30, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, and 12/17.

Thank you to the Denver Zoo for donating this Light the Way Prize to help build brighter childhoods in Colorado.

A winner for this prize will be selected at random at 9 AM (MTN) on Monday, December 20 and notified at the contact information provided on the RSVP.


November 23, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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