MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Inspired by the example of the late State Sen. Leanna Brown, a groundbreaking female political leader in Morris County, the Morris County Advisory Committee on Women will award its second Seeds of Change award this fall to a woman who has worked to improve the community and served as a leader and inspiration for other women in the county. The deadline for submission of nominees is Aug. 15.

The candidate for the Seeds of Change Award must meet all of the following criteria:

  • age 18 or above;
  • a woman residing in Morris County;
  • active in grassroots efforts to advance a women’s-focused cause in Morris County; and
  • a volunteer or participant in community activities connected to women’s-focused causes.

It is preferred, but not required, that the nominee be affiliated with a cause of current interest to the Morris County Advisory Committee on Women. Current areas of interest include housing and homelessness, human trafficking, incarcerated women, and women in the military or female veterans. Nominations will be sought from community and civic groups, government and nonprofit agencies, and for-profit organizations throughout Morris County.

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Lila Bernstein of Mendham Township received the first Seeds of Change Award in 2018.

Nominations for the Seeds of Change Award should be submitted by email to Allison Delcalzo-Berens at For more information, contact Gayle Pearson at 201-874-7687 or is a member of the New Jersey Press Association and is a hyperlocal news site that serves residents, organizations and business owners of Denville, New Jersey.

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