TAMPA, Fla.  – Brian McEwen, executive director of Champions for Children, a private nonprofit agency whose mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay region, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Advocacy from The Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County.  The award was presented by Stephen C. Martaus, executive director of The Early Childhood Council and Kathryn Shea, president and CEO of The Florida Center for Early Childhood.

“Brian has dedicated his career to service in child and family social services, and we could not think of a more worthy recipient for this award,” says Martaus, “His leadership and dedication to improving the lives of children and families in our area have made a real difference in peoples’ lives.”

Prior to becoming executive director of Champions for Children in 2013, McEwen was associate director for 12 years and held senior positions at other Tampa area not-for-profits since 1979.  Under his guidance, Champions rebranded to present a more accurate and positive portrayal of its mission, which is to “build stronger families in the Tampa Bay region through its child abuse prevention and family education programs.”

McEwen earned a doctorate in applied anthropology and a master of arts degree in counselor education, both from University of South Florida; and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Vanderbilt University.  A licensed mental health counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist, he is a member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay and a graduate of Leadership Hillsborough and the CEO Leadership Class, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.  He has been a board member and held other board leadership positions with a number of community organizations.

About Champions for Children:

Champions for Children (CFC), formerly the Child Abuse Council, is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay region through child abuse prevention and family education. Established in 1977 as an outgrowth of a social service project of The Junior League of Tampa, Champions for Children has grown to be a valuable resource for the community. With10 different programs that span neighborhoods throughout Hillsborough County, CFC was able to provide services to more than 40,000 children and families in 2014 alone.

About The Early Childhood Council:

Established in 1983, the ECC is one of the leading early childhood organizations in the Tampa Bay area, providing information and referral services, prevention and early intervention, and training and advocacy to the community. With its long tradition of innovation and strategic planning, the ECC develops programs to meet gaps within early childhood services.