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Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media as well as a dance teacher, choreographer and proud former homeschooler. Her blog will uncover the untold stories of Montgomery County and introduce diverse people and businesses of interest in the community. She can be reached... Read more

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Women’s History Month Profile: Vivian Levi

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways.SONY DSC

Read below to learn more about Vivian Levi, Director of the Betty Ann Krahnke Shelter, a 54-bed facility that provides safety for women suffering from domestic violence. It is the only domestic violence shelter serving Montgomery County.

What is your role in the community?

“To provide education on issues surrounding domestic violence and women’s victimization, to create awareness in order to improve the community response to an issue that affects women from all races, religions and socioeconomic status, and to support women in their journey towards safety and independence.”

What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

“Historically women’s contributions have been overshadowed by men’s accomplishments. Dedicating a month to Women, allows for the public to get some education and knowledge on the influence women have had in all aspects of life such as politics, arts and sciences. It is also a reminder that gender equality is yet to be achieved, since women’s contributions ought to be recognized throughout the year.”

What do you think needs to happen most for women in Montgomery County? 

“Better coordination among advocacy groups. I see many good and well-intended people working in silos rather than uniting their efforts to provide advocacy, support and education to the community.”

What inspires you?

“Over the years I have worked with hundreds of women from all over the world. I have heard horrendous stories of abuse, maltreatment and unfairness. What however inspires me to continue doing this work is the resilience of the women, their wish for a better life, and their transformation when they receive support, compassion and validation for all they have been through.”

Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


One Response to “Women’s History Month Profile: Vivian Levi”

  1. On March 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm responded with... #

    What an amazing person! she is so inspiring! Great to read about unsung heroines!

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