International Women’s Day had its origins in the early 1900s, but was officially recognized by the UN in 1977. For International Women’s day, I want to recognize and celebrate some of the women who I admire and who inspire me. First, a couple of women who I know personally:
Aside from being a great sister-in-law, mother and grandmother, Dr. Rene S. McClatchey wears a lot of hats. She is an associate professor at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, and is the director of the Master’s of Social Work program. She was instrumental in forming the Georgia Society for Clinical Oncology Social Work. She is a published author of research on children and grief, which led her in 1995 to found Camp MAGIK, where she serves as Director.
Camp MAGIK (Mainly About Grief In Kids) provides a safe, nurturing environment where children can express their grief over the death of a loved one and begin the healing process. Campers not only get counseling from professionals but also experience real healing from being around other kids who have faced similar losses. And because it’s a camp, kids also get to be kids and participate in typical camp activities like canoeing, ropes courses, hiking, and more! Camp MAGIK is held three times a year and there’s no charge for kids to attend.