Family Support Coordinator Mirna Dickey Nominated for IRC Awards
Mirna Dickey, IRC’s family support coordinator, was nominated for two IRC international awards for her work with refugee children in our community. The Sarlo Foundation Humanitarian Award and the Liv Ullmann Humanitarian Service Award recognize IRC staff who have rendered outstanding service to refugees and displaced people. With ten years of service, Mirna is one of the IRC’s longest-standing staff members in Charlottesville. Her compassionate strength and personal approach reinforce clients’ individual resolve to persevere through the challenges of their new lives. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mirna conducts mental health assessments, counseling, crisis intervention, and leads support groups for refugee youth and adults. She also supervises IRC medical case management services, presents refugee-related topics to community agencies, and designs staff development training. She attends all medical appointments for children with special healthcare needs. And she takes a personal interest in connecting children and their families to the resources they need for healthy, fulfilled lives. A native of Serbia, Mirna is fluent in three languages. She received her master’s degree in musicology and taught music history before moving to Charlottesville, where she graduated in 2000 with a M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia.