December Virtual Forum Speakers & Sunday Worship
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9 am Sunday, December 5, 2021
Shall There Be a Constitutional Convention?
Former Attorney General Bruce Botelho
Bruce M. Botelho retired in October 2012, after completing four terms as mayor of Juneau, the longest-serving mayor in Juneau’s history. Mayor Botelho also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue and later as Deputy Attorney General of the Alaska Department of Law until his appointment as Attorney General in December 1994, serving until December 2002, thus achieving the distinction as the longest-serving attorney general since statehood.
In his capacity as mayor, he served as a commissioner on the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission and as a director of the Alaska Municipal League. He is a past president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. He recently completed service as the public policy chair of the Foraker Group and as a board member of the Alaska Humanities Forum.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alaska State Bar Association’s 2005 Pro Bono Award, its 2007 Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award, and the Alaska Municipal League’s 2011 Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award. In 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in laws from the University of Alaska Southeast. He is married to Lupita Alvarez and they have two children: Alejandro and Adriana.
11:00 am Sunday, December 5, 2021
With Rev. Lise
9 am Sunday, December 12, 2021
Facing Foster Care in Alaska
With Amanda Metivier & Sarah Redmon
Amanda Metivier, an alumnus of Alaska’s foster care system, has dedicated her career and personal life to child welfare reform. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2008 and a Master’s in Social Work in 2012. Both from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She spent 13 years as a foster parent to teens along with her husband, and recently adopted.
Amanda along with a dedicated group of foster youth and alumni, co-founded the non-profit Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) in 2003, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Through her advocacy with FFCA, Amanda has led efforts to expand services and supports for foster youth across Alaska. She is the Interim Director of the Child Welfare Academy and oversees the Office of Youth Empowerment (OYE), a partnership of the Child Welfare Academy and Facing Foster Care in Alaska, offering opportunities for foster youth to pursue higher education and training, provides training for child welfare staff and allies, and to engage in leadership and empowerment activities.
Amanda has received state and national recognition for her work. She received the Casey Excellence for Children Award in 2013, was named one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, was recognized by Alaska Children’s Trust as a Champion for Kids in 2016, and by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement in 2017.
Sarah Redmon is the Project Coordinator for the Office of Youth Empowerment, a partnership of the Child
Welfare Academy and Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Sarah is a former foster youth and is currently a foster
parent to her younger siblings. Sarah joined Facing Foster Care in Alaska as a youth advocate and member
and was elected to the Youth Leadership Board, before joining the Board of Directors as the Deputy
Treasurer. She also served as an “All Star,” with the national non-profit Fosterclub, training child welfare staff
and allies across the country and giving input into federal legislation. In her current role, Sarah works with
foster youth across the state to draw on their own lived-expertise to participate in advocacy, training, and peer
11:00 am Sunday, December 12, 2021
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