Children’s Champion1 – Dee Norton – driving force behind the development of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
Dee Norton advocated for children and adolescents for more than 20 years. In 1975, Norton recognized that children are at risk in regards to abuse and neglect and devoted her full-time effort to the child abuse cause. She was a teacher, tutor, mentor, and a volunteer for many children and adults alike in her community and the state of South Carolina.
Dee Norton was one of the driving forces behind the development of a center that would provided much needed services for identifying and protecting abused and neglected children in the Lowcountry. Along with the Junior League of Charleston and many other concerned members of the community, Norton worked tirelessly to develop the Lowcountry Children's Center to address children’s needs. She served on the board of directors and was a champion of children through her work at the Center. Norton also served as a project manager for the Teen Outreach Program to work with pregnant teens, and on the planning board for Trident United Way. She volunteered for numerous organizations including the Governor's Youth council, the Mayor's Commission for Children, the Life Management Center, and the Charleston Civic Forum.
In 1994, Norton was named Volunteer of the Year by the S.C. Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and Trident United Way. That same year she was the first recipient of the Junior League's Dee Holmes Norton Sustainer Award for the Community Impact. She was also the first recipient of the Fern Karesh Hurst award given to an Ashley Hall alumna who exhibits outstanding volunteer and community service. Her commitment to protecting children and her impact on Charleston will be forever remembered. Her ideals are embodied in the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which continues to offer state-of-the-art services for children and is known nationally for the quality of their work.