2017 PG&E CCWC She Makes a Difference Contest Overview
PG&E in partnership with CCWC honored one remarkable woman with the She Makes a Difference Award. This award acknowledged how this woman has changed her life, the lives of her family, or lives in the community with her courage, strength and wisdom to make a positive impact.
PG&E and CCWC acknowledged this remarkable woman by highlighting her exceptional accomplishments. One woman was selected and a $5,000 grant was given to the community benefit organization of the winner’s choice.
The She Makes a Difference Winner for 2017 was Tisha Cooper. Here’s her story…..
When Trisha’s son, Brandon, was diagnosed with Autism in 2005, Trisha knew she had to find support to help Brandon develop. Her commitment to his needs helped create special educational programs that have helped nearly 30,000 students. Trisha is a founding member of the Autism Awareness Committee in the Central Unified School District. The committee helps the District understand the unique approach to teaching students with Autism and promotes awareness and acceptance on every school campus.
Above and beyond her commitment to Brandon and her community, Trisha has helped raise nearly $500,000 for the Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) Children’s Center, a community benefit organization that supports children and families facing developmental delays. Cooper serves as the President of EPU’s Board of Directors and she shares her story and encourages parents as a member of EPU’s Family Faculty.
Alene Istanboulian nominated Cooper. “For those whose lives have been touched by Trisha’s commitment,” said Istanboulian, “she is the ultimate example of a mother who turned her grief into support, support into empowerment, empowerment into to advocacy, and advocacy into leadership. Advocating for children and families with special needs is truly Trisha’s divine purpose.”
According to Trisha, “While it is challenging to raise a child with unique talents and gifts, it has been one of my life’s greatest blessings. Because it is challenging, we as parents can’t do it alone. It takes a community of support, an open mind and heart filled with patience and love. I am grateful for my journey, this award and the hope that it will bring to children and families like mine.”
As the CCWC PG&E winner, Trisha was awarded $5,000 to donate to the community benefit organization of her choice. Trisha chose Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) Children’s Center, a community benefit organization that supports children and families facing developmental delays.
Congratulations Trisha and all Nominees!