From August 30th through September 1st, the Georgia Juvenile Services Association (GJSA) held its 46th Annual Training Summit at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto. The purpose of this summit was to create networking opportunities for Georgia juvenile services workers to learn and implement best practices in juvenile delinquency prevention, supervision, treatment and rehabilitation. The Department of Juvenile Justice is a proud partner of GJSA and was a sponsor of the 2017 GJSA Conference.
Aside from the informative training and updates, the 2017 GJSA Summit also offered its attendees the chance to say "thank you" to many of their fellow employees through the presentation of special annual awards. Among the many award winners for 2017 included:
Gail Hilley Award: Angelous Boykin
Outstanding Facility Worker: Katrina Zilliner
Outstanding Community Worker: Latoya Gibbons
Harold K. Ables Award: Judge Sandra Miller
Gail Hilley Award winner Angelous Boykin
Outstanding Facility Worker Katrina Zilliner
Outstanding Community Worker Latoya Gibbons
Harold K. Ables Award winner Judge Sandra Miller
Judge Sandra Miller was this year's winner of the Harold K. Ables award, presented by GJSA to an outstanding worker in the field of Juvenile Justice in Georgia. It is awarded in memory of Harold K. Ables (1931-1968), who contributed to the founding of GJSA, and represents the dedicated service and high ideas he held. Ables spent 11 years with the Floyd County Juvenile Court where he served as a Chief Probation Officer and Referee. Ables' sincere interest and concern for his fellow man was seen through his work with the youth of his community and church and he was a strong believer in the worthwhile work done through the juvenile courts in our state. His work in the formation of GJSA was born of his interest in bringing together those working in the field of juvenile justice in Georgia to study and improve services rendered to the youth of the state.
Congratulations to all of the Department of Juvenile Justice award winners at the 2017 GJSA Training Summit. To learn more about the Georgia Juvenile Services Association, visit them on the web at http://www.gjsa.us/.