Kellam was honored for her three decades of service and her passionate, effective advocacy for Queens children and their families.
“It was an honor just to receive the award for something that you really love to do,” Kellam said. “It was the icing on the cake after making 30 years in September. This will be something I always remember.”
According to Kellam, she felt humbled when she was named as one of the six recipients of the Sloan Public Service Award.
During her early work in Queens, Kellam said her priority was to recreate the public image of Child Protection in New York City, since most people only see the negative work of the Division of Child Protection.
To address the misconceptions, Kellam and her team put on Demystifying Administration for Children’s Services programs. The programs aim to help the public learn about the services offered that often go unseen.
Kellam said that events and programs such as their father-daughter dance and prom dress drive help the public see the multidimensional services they offer.
In addition to her work in the community, she has had a significant impact on the people she works with. When first arriving in Queens, Kellam was faced with the challenge of mending the divide between management and the unionized workers and helping them function as team.
“The relationship is now harmonious, and I think that was my biggest accomplishment in the borough,” Kellam said.
In the future, she hopes to do more work in educating the public about the services that are available.
“I want to continue to work on improving our relationship with the community that we serve,” she said. “I want to build the community’s relationship with my office.”