By Ed Given
For more than 50 years we have strived to keep our population informed and to make Braxton County a better place to live and work. During that time, we have periodically recognized community members who put service above self. No one, past or present, is more deserving of such a recognition as this year’s Humanitarian of the Decade recipient.
Dr. Sally Stewart spent her professional life caring for her community while bringing a new awareness to women’s healthcare needs. During that time, she was active in numerous church and community activities.
She was instrumental in bringing the Braxton County Animal Shelter to fruition. She organized activities and supported the passage of the first excess levy in more than 50 years to benefit local schools which extended the life of every elementary school in the county.
Her list of accomplishments is endless. However, none have come with more passion and dedication than Just One Generation, a nonprofit organization she founded that cares for the unwanted feline population of Braxton County.
Dr. Stewart was responsible for spading, neutering and vaccinations of literally thousands of animals. In addition, she has organized the trapping, vaccination, and relocation of numerous feral cat colonies around the county, which not only served the best interest of the animals but reaped big benefits for the areas in which they often became a nuisance.
Of late, she nearly singlehandedly has raised or received commitments for almost $150,000 to go toward the new addition at the Braxton County Animal Shelter that will carry on her work with the feline population of Braxton County as well as provide a much-needed quarantine facility for sick animals.
While the designation of “Humanitarian of the Decade” has no monetary value, rights or privileges attached, we believe it fitting to bestow such recognition to a woman who came to our community and has devote her entire life to caring for others, whether they be two or four legged.
It is with great pride and honor that the Braxton County Newspapers names Dr. Sally Stewart Humanitarian of the Decade!
By Ed Given