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Shelton Woman Honored For Advocacy Work For Safe Kids

Cathi Kellett receives congratulations from Griffin Hospital Vice President of Accountable Care and General Counsel Todd Liu after being named Advocate of the Year by Safe Kids Connecticut.
Cathi Kellett receives congratulations from Griffin Hospital Vice President of Accountable Care and General Counsel Todd Liu after being named Advocate of the Year by Safe Kids Connecticut. Photo Credit: Contributed

SHELTON, Conn. -- Safe Kids Connecticut has named Shelton resident Cathi Kellet its Advocate of the Year.

The award recognizes Safe Kids coordinators who have gone above and beyond to promote Safe Kids Connecticut’s Initiatives.

Kellett coordinates Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and is special programs coordinator for Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach Program.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Safe Kids works with a network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and partners with organizations in 30 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.

Kellett started working with Safe Kids in 2003 and became a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Instructor in 2006. And she recently became one of just 40 CPS Special Needs instructors in the country.

When Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley Chapter started in 2004, Kellett expanded its reach by incorporating Griffin Hospital’s Children’s Health and Wellness programs. She developed a Children’s Safety Theme of the Month program and initiated it in all 15 sites in the chapter’s area.

The themes covered by this program include pedestrian safety, Halloween safety, Germ Busters, sports safety, safety around pets, nutrition, bike safety, CPS, winter safety and summer safety, which includes swimming safety.

“Cathi is willing to share her information and knowledge to all interested in the safety of children and is a wonderful asset to the Lower Naugatuck Valley Region,” said Pat Zainc, of the Waterbury Police Community Relations Division.

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