Each year as part of the annual “Celebration of Appalachian Women” conference hosted by the Harlan County Domestic Violence Council (HCDVC), and held at the Harlan Center, outstanding Harlan County women are selected from nominations received for “Appalachian Woman of the Year.”
During Saturday’s event, Nola Sizemore, of Harlan, and the late Jenny McLain, of Evarts, were named this year’s “Appalachian Women of the Year.”
Accepting the award for his wife was Bart McLain.
“The Appalachian Woman of the Year epitomizes the strength and beauty of Appalachian women by her service to community and family,” said HCDVC Chair and Victim Advocate Sheryl Caudel. “This year’s recipients are two women who give freely of their time to help others not only in their communities but also in their homes.
“Jenny McLain gave astounding service and volunteer work to the Cumberland Hope Community. She performed selfless acts, always willing to help anyone in need. She was a retired postmaster, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a valuable service member to her community. Jenny was loved by everyone who knew her and she will be sadly missed.”
Sizemore, who retired after many years of service to the Office of Probation and Parole, is now a news reporter for the Harlan Daily Enterprise, Caudel said.
“I’ve have known Nola for several years and can personally say she is dear to my heart. There are countless times she has volunteered her time and service to help others in the community with no need to be recognized for those efforts,” Caudel said.
“She is a woman of God who encourages others and has made a profound difference in the lives of many. The Harlan County Domestic Violence Council is proud to recognize these two women for their service to their community and family.”
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