The Gulf Coast of Texas African American Family Support Conference (GCTAAFSC) annually seeks and accepts nominations for the Garnet F. Coleman “Flame of Inspiration” Award. The selection is made from candidates who have distinguished themselves by obtaining the highest level of accomplishments in the area disability, advocacy and making great inroads for persons with disabilities. Persons or a faith-based ministry of distinction will be honored for the positive changes made in the community and in the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities. Congratulations to our 2013 Recipients!
Self-Advocate Recipient: Ms. Rubie Dixon
As a resident of Houston, Rubie is sought after by churches and small businesses to be their strategic advisor when facing critical turning points; including the development of creative strategies to implement the vision of serving the whole community while making sure people with disabilities are included. She is often called upon as a motivational/inspirational speaker. With 20+ years of experience as a disability advocate, Rubie has coached individuals with and without disabilities to unlock their potential and transform organizations.
Iris Williams is a devoted single parent to her son Simon. As a recent cancer survivor and busy parent, she has a sincere love for people and has dedicated her life to being a mother, friend, confidant and community advocate for persons with and with out disabilities. She has a history of being a change agent and has worked with community groups and boards to advocate for change. Iris has provided leadership on various endeavors that support making a life long difference for persons with special abilities
Bronwyn “Ms. B” Lucas loves to inspire others to reach their potential. She feels of all the things she does, making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families is the most important. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Christian Counselor who specializes in working with children, youth and families.
Rev. Barksdale and his church have been leaders in faith-based health ministry and outreach in Houston for over 15 years. The Fifth Ward MBC Health Ministry has helped thousands of individuals and families, hosted ministerial breakfasts on mental illness and HIV/AIDS, led neighborhood walks on legal resources, organized senior awareness/conferences on critical topics, sponsored annual back-to-school health fairs, & actively supported the Greater Fifth Ward Congregational Health Coalition. He is the principle full-time caregiver for his wife. They both are dealing with medical challenges. However, he makes it work and stays with the beat of the church.
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