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County College of Morris Health Coordinator Wins Parent of the Year Award

Parents’ Day Celebration Recognizes Elizabeth Hoban for Her Parenting

Elizabeth Hoban, R.N., MSN, is more than the coordinator of Health Services at County College of Morris (CCM): she’s a nurse, a writer and now an award-winning parent. Hoban was presented with the 2012 Parent of the Year Award in Sussex County as part of the national Parents’ Day program.

The award was presented to Hoban at the annual New Jersey Parents of the Year Gala and Awards Banquet on September 9 at the Regency House Hotel in Pompton Lakes.

The awards program is sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation in partnership with the New Jersey Parents Foundation, Lovin’ Life Ministries and the Pennsylvania Family Coalition. The inception of Parents’ Day was the work of President Bill Clinton who signed the day of recognition into law in 1994 to recognize the efforts of parents on a national level.

The Parents’ Day Coalition, founded by the Unification Church, created an official award for “Parents of the Year” to go along with the day of recognition.

Hoban is no stranger to the importance of family. Her recently published book The Final Mission, A Boy, a Pilot and a World at War tells the story of her father and his experience as a pilot in World War II. Her father, Lt. Col. Henry Supchak, was present at the awards banquet to lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In addition to pursuing her nursing career and writing, Hoban has raised six children, four of her own and two boys she took into foster care. Her choice to take on the responsibility of foster children was “because they were friends of my children and I did not want to see them split up in foster care,” she explains.

Hoban began as an adjunct professor at CCM and has been working as the coordinator of Health Services since 2005.