Basin Electric employee’s labor of love to prevent child abuse


Shauna Laber, Basin Electric senior property and right of way specialist, is a long-time volunteer and advocate for child abuse prevention. As a board member of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, she wore her “Every Child Matters” t-shirt for Wear Blue Day to commemorate April being Child Abuse Prevent Month in North Dakota.

“Great childhoods don’t magically happen. They have to be purposeful,” Shauna Laber, Basin Electric senior property and right of way specialist, says when asked why she focuses her volunteer efforts on helping prevent child abuse.

For many years, Laber has dedicated time and energy to make sure children have safe places, like a home – including hers – or school. Call it her passion. Heck, call it her labor of love.

As a board member for Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Laber advocates for child abuse prevention through awareness, education, and support, especially for new parents.

April was North Dakota Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month, you could find Laber being interviewed by the media, using her voice to spread the word about preventing child abuse and inspiring people to get involved with kids.

“Being involved with any part of a kid’s life has a positive impact. That’s the child abuse prevention piece,” she says.

Laber first connected with Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota while serving as a Mandan (North Dakota) city commissioner, where she supported the implementation of Child Abuse North Dakota’s “Handle with Care” program. Through this proactive effort between police and schools, teachers receive a “handle with care” message alerting them if a student had police intervention the night before.

“The teacher receives the student’s name, but no details,” Laber says. “Essentially, it gives the teacher a heads up if the student acts up or falls asleep in class, or comes to school dirty, so the teacher can find clothes from the lost and found box.”

In addition to advocating, Laber mentors teens by volunteering with local high school DECA clubs. She dedicates many evenings helping students prepare for state and national competitions, listening to students’ presentations and giving feedback.

This involvement helps demonstrate to kids that she’s a safe adult they can reach out to in times of need – big or small. Recently one of Laber’s DECA mentees arrived on her doorstep for help with injuries from a rollerblading accident.

“I’m so glad I’m that kind of house … that kids know they can come to me and into my house for help,” Laber says. “Being a trusted adult doesn’t have to be only focused on abused or neglected kids, but to all kids to help them be successful.”

Inspired Woman Magazine did a podcast with Shauna Laber. Check it out!

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