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May 18, 2013

CASA volunteer earns honor from council

ENID, Okla. — Linda Hoag was named the 2012 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of the Year by Garfield County Child Advocacy Council.

Hoag was selected from a group of 51 other advocates who volunteer through the program.

The qualities that make her an outstanding volunteer advocate also are identified in her professional position as director of human resources at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, said Cyndy Shepherd.

Shepherd, retired communications director at St. Mary’s, presented the award to Hoag.

“Linda is a determined individual with such a quiet strength,” Shepherd said.

Carole Wade, executive director of the council and director of the CASA program, said one quality Hoag possesses that makes her a great advocate is her ability to look at a situation from several perspectives, carry on a healthy debate and form a strong recommendation.

Both Shepherd and Wade said Hoag’s ability to be patient and not demand a quick resolution to a difficult, sensitive situation make her a highly valued CASA volunteer.

Hoag was sworn-in as a CASA volunteer in December 2005 after completing the required training. She began serving children in the juvenile deprived court system. In February 2006, she was assigned by the court to her first case. She has served continuously since that first assignment. As soon as one case closed, she was reappointed to another. Her current appointment began in 2010, and she will continue to actively advocate for three children until the case is dismissed by the court. Hoag has agreed to be available for another appointment upon completion of that case.

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