Founder of Pace Center for Girls presents “Vicki Burke” award to Volusia-Flagler location

September 08, 2023
Vicki Presenting Award

Pace Center for Girls Founder Vicki Burke presented an award named in her honor on Aug. 21, to the Pace Volusia-Flagler team in recognition of their commitment to upholding Pace’s values and guiding principles during a challenging nine-month displacement following Hurricane Ian.

Pace Volusia Flagler Academic Manager Lorna Papke-Dupouy highlighted the resilience of the staff working together as a team, as operating an academic and social service center in a single gymnasium after displacement posed significant challenges.

"The sense of teamwork wasn't just for the girls; it extended to supporting one another through a challenging time," she said.

Burke founded Pace Center for Girls in Jacksonville in 1985 with a vision to divert girls from the juvenile justice system, recognizing that their behavior often stemmed from trauma.  Over the past 35 years, Pace has transformed the lives of more than 40,000 girls and emerged as a leading advocate for girls on a national scale.

“The dedication and resilience displayed by the team at Pace Volusia-Flagler exemplifies their commitment to our girls,” said Mary Marx, president and CEO of Pace Center for Girls. “The 'Vicki Burke' award not only honors their unwavering efforts but also serves as a reminder of the impact we can achieve when we come together to empower the girls and communities we serve."