2020 “Appalachian Advocate Award” goes to Vivian Stockman of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

by admin on March 8, 2020

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OVEC’s Vivian Stockman Named the 2020 Recipient of the “Women of Appalachia Project™

From the “Appalachian Advocate Award” Announcement, March 6, 2020

ATHENS, OH – This week, the Women of Appalachia Project™ (WOAP™) announced that Vivian Stockman, executive director of OVEC, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, is the recipient of the 2020 Women of Appalachia Project™ Appalachian Advocate Award.

This award is given annually to a woman who has dedicated herself to enhancing the well-being of Appalachian culture, Appalachian women’s health, Appalachian families or Appalachian land issues. Since arriving in a small West Virginia community in the 1990s, Stockman has stood with local communities against well-heeled industries to fight for mountaintops, forests, water, and air.

According to nominator Susan Truxell Sauter, “Vivian Stockman serves as the person who links it all together—if it means coaching women living in coal communities on how and where to speak about the health impacts of such industry whether at a county commission meeting or even at the United Nations. She jumps the synapse, providing names, education, and media support. She meets people on their own ground, repeatedly, making a personal connection—while amplifying their truth with emails, tweets, essays, op-eds, newsletter articles, and award-winning photographs.”

Former OVEC Executive Director Janet Keating notes, “Vivian has developed long-term, trusting relationships with people in communities impacted by injustices of the coal industry. For example, she remains close to the Miller-Caudill family whose ancestral land and homeplace was surrounded and threatened by mountain top removal.”

“The coal company had gone to court forcing the family to sell their land. Fortunately, the WV Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s decision. Vivian attended relevant hearings, communicated with family members and stood in solidarity with them. To this day, Vivian is invited to the Miller-Caudill annual family reunion.”

According to Kari Gunter-Seymour, executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project, WOAP is proud to lift up women such as this year’s award recipient, Vivian Stockman of OVEC.

Gunter-Seymour says, “Women often go unsung as they go about their work with passion and purpose, knowing what they do is truly for the good of all. Vivian is a prime example of someone who goes well beyond punching a time clock. Her dedication to the land is remarkable and should be celebrated.”

The award will be presented at Athena Cinema on March 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. during the annual WOAP™ “Women Speak” performance, a juried presentation of poetry, story and song, showcasing twenty Appalachian spoken word artists from seven states throughout Appalachia.

Statement from Vivian Stockman on winning this award:

Contacts: Kari Gunter-Seymour, WOAP, gunterseymour@gmail.com
Sarah Carballo, OVEC, 304-522-0246, sarah@ohvec.org


See also: Man who hiked 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail 18 times headed to Hall of Fame – Penn Live, March 5, 2020

Warren Doyle, of Mountain City, Tennessee, has hiked the entire 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail 18 times, including nine thru-hikes. He also led eight group thru-hikes of the AT, seven of which saw a 100 percent completion rate among the hikers. But there’s so much more on Doyle’s resume that has earned him a spot among the Appalachian Trail Museum’s 10th class of inductees into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame.

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