Gabby Giffords Wins Civility Award from Boomer and Halley(c) Project

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Civility Champion Addresses National Rudeness Epidemic.

"Our country must be strong enough to solve problems, and that means we must work together.”

Polls show Americans are fed up with the rude way we treat one another. A Rasmussen poll finds 87 percent of a survey group of 1,000 believe that Americans are “becoming more rude and less civilized.” In addition 81 percent of Americans say they have to confront someone because of his or her nasty behavior in public. This is especially true in politics where respondents point to the lack of progress by politicians as another example of this toxic environment. "That’s why it’s refreshing to honor a woman who embodies civility on so many levels," says Civility Champion, Mary Jane McKittrick.

At a time of polarized politics, Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, seems to defy the negative discourse gripping most political debate. Even while she recuperates from a near fatal shooting, the former congresswoman continues to build alliances as she works with passion for issues she deems important. In her own words: “Our country must be strong enough to solve problems, and that means we must work together.”

In fact, Ms. Giffords was reaching out to constituents at a shopping center in Tucson, Arizona when she was shot in the head at close range. Since that time she has struggled to rehabilitate her speech and physical mobility. Despite her daily challenges, Gabby is currently campaigning for a cause close to her heart. Together with her husband, Captain Mark Kelley, she is lobbying for changes to gun laws so that other people might not have the life altering injuries she has suffered. The recent thumbs-down vote in the Senate regarding gun legislation, didn't slow her down. Giffords is still determined to work for what she believes in. “Standing up for one’s own integrity makes you no friends. It is costly. Yet, defiance of the mob, in the service of that which is right, is one of the highest expressions of courage I know.”

Being of service to one’s family, community, or nation, is a cornerstone of civility. Couple that with a compassionate, caring, and dedication to others, defines the way Gabby Giffords conducts herself. She has a way of pursuing her goals without resorting to anger or hostility towards those with opposing points of view. For all these reasons and more, we are proud to name Gabrielle Giffords the recipient of the first Boomer and Halley© Civility Champion of the Month Award. The award is intended to celebrate people who are demonstrating the positive effects civility can have on others.

The Boomer and Halley© project focuses on PAWSitive lessons of civility and includes an award-winning book series for ages 4-8 promoting civility through humorous stories. Author and Creator, Mary Jane McKittrick, is a civility champion and professional storyteller. Her experiences in Entertainment television, Broadcast TV News, as well as Corporate Communication help her package messages. Ms. McKittrick’s also has a lifelong love of animals. She tackles the rudeness epidemic in this country by taking headlines topics of interest and translates them to her virtual, cartoon world. It is here in the small Southern town of Shady Pines that colorful characters led by a rambunctious dog and precocious cat, promote discussions of life lessons between young children and adults. Can civility be fun? Boomer and Halley say, “YES!”

Contact: Mary Jane McKittrick, Author/Creator, Boomer and Halley©
             Owner, Tuxedo Cat Productions, Inc.
             910 322-2688 maryjane(at)boomerandhalley(dot)com

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