The Helen J. Napps Award of Excellence, established by the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (VCPEA), recognizes professional excellence by individuals who work in the area of elder abuse prevention and/or elder abuse protection. VCPEA presents the award at its annual abuse prevention conference in Virginia Beach in odd-numbered years.
Nominees have made substantial contributions to the prevention of and/or response to the neglect, abuse, and exploitation of older Virginians. Nominees demonstrate moxie, integrity, attitude, and adaptability in their actions. They may work in adult protective services, domestic violence services, aging services, mental health services, health services, rehabilitation services, law-enforcement, legal services, health care, academia, guardianship, research, volunteerism or any other discipline that participates in elder abuse prevention and/or protection.
Awards have been presented in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Previous winners include:
Linda Eaton (2001), Montgomery County Department of Social Services APS
Catherine T. Parks (2003), Consumer Affairs in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
Norma Darcey (2005), Fairfax County TRIAD
Janet Brennend (2007), New River Valley Ombudsman Program
Linda Matkins (2009), Shenandoah Valley APS
Cyndi Gable (2011), Prince Edward APS
Vickie Hall (2013), Wise County APS
Betty Bazemore (2015, post humorously) AND Anne See (2015), paralegal, Blue Ridge Legal Services