Volunteer honored as Woman of the Year

Phyllis McCallum has passion for everything she does, but especially for the ProKids youth she serves. McCallum, who will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 22, as one of the 2019 Enquirer Women of the Year. You can read the article published about her in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

Phyllis is featured in this Enquirer video which includes her reflections on ProKids.

In her nomination, ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook said Phyllis, “has often worked with teen girls and has been a powerful advocate for each of them. She has a good understanding of the complex and complicated child protection system, has been able to help these teens understand what was happening, and encourage them to focus on a future of opportunity.”

Tracy wrote that, “Phyllis works with everyone involved on behalf of each child. She never gives up on our children. She finds ways to help them to be successful, no matter the challenges they face.” 

In addition, Tracy said, “Phyllis is kind, clear, and persuasive. She is a true advocate for our city and our community’s most vulnerable children. Phyllis is an example to us all.”

Phyllis, who was selected in 2016 as one of the Darlene Kamine Advocates of the Year by ProKids, has described her ProKids work this way: “You are put into the very life of a child and you have to have hope.” You can read more about Phyllis here.

In addition to Phyllis’s honor, she nominated ProKids as one of the community groups eligible for a grant, which was then voted on by all recipients of the Women of the Year award, past and present. ProKids was named a beneficiary for 2019.

The annual award honors 10 area women who have improved the community through time, energy and their drive to help others. Phyllis is one of more than 500 women honored since 1968.

Scenes from the award celebration: