March 2017-A True Testimonial for One of Our Classmates-Bill Janike
The Child Guidance Center will honor Bill Janike of Lincoln with the 2017 Leader in Children’s Mental Health Award for his tireless work with at-risk youth on Friday, May 5, at the ninth annual Gourmet Comfort Classic at the Nebraska Club.
Janike has worked with countless young people during his career as a former therapist at Child Guidance Center and a longtime leader in Lancaster County Juvenile Probation, serving as both the chief probation officer and as a juvenile probation officer. He currently volunteers for the Child Guidance Center therapeutic group home, helping boys ages 12-18 learn healthy coping strategies to heal from trauma.
“Bill reminds us of the Maya Angelou quote: ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, may forget what you did, but will never forget how you made them feel,’” shared Lori Griggs, chief probation officer, District 3J. “This is what Bev Hoagland, chief deputy, and I remember about Bill being our boss. He made each of us feel cared about and supported. He taught us through his coaching and modeling that if you genuinely care about and connect with youth, the returns are amazing.”
Katie McLeese Stephenson, Child Guidance Center executive director, added: “Family members share with us the positive impact that Bill has had on their children and family.”
Janike’s community involvement has been far reaching and includes being a foster parent, involvement on the Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Nebraska Human Resource Research Foundation Trustee, Samaritan Counseling Center, CEDARS, First Presbyterian Church, YMCA and more.
The Gourmet Comfort Classic event is a chef competition featuring many of the area’s top chefs who donate food and time as they compete to create the finest gourmet version of a classic comfort food. This year’s fiesta-themed event will be held on Cinco de Mayo Day, May 5, from 6-9 p.m. at the Nebraska Club. The event also includes a program, raffle, silent auction and live music.
For more information about this year’s Gourmet Comfort Classic, contact Jenny Cardwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Whitney Kuhn at email@example.com, or call 402-475-7666. You may purchase tickets or make a donation at www.child-guidance.org.