Celebrating Our 15-Year Advocates in 2021

This year, two CASA volunteer advocates celebrate 15 years providing a voice for New Hampshire’s children. As part of our upcoming annual celebration, we would like to recognize them for their compassion and dedication to our children who need a strong advocate for their futures.

Emily Ewing

Emily Ewing has been an amazingly strong CASA Advocate for the past 15 years and has always left me thinking how does she do what she does for CASA as a mother and with a high-powered full-time job. I have also come to understand that there is no need to ask this question as she always does a great job on her cases and writes superb court reports. Emily has worked on 8 cases with different families which does not tell the story as two of these cases that were complex and complicated family situations were open for over 3 years. Emily has worked with all different age children and youth and has always found her unique way to advocate for the best interest of these CASA children and youth. Her professionalism allows her to connect and be respectful of all Parties on her cases and to state her case to the Judge for the best interest.

Emily is presently working with a very young CASA child who will be adopted in the near future and my hope is that she will continue in the role of CASA Advocate for years to come. I can honestly state that all children and youth who have been and will be advocated for by Emily Ewing will always be her priority and will be given the best opportunity for their own futures. – Steve Pruyne, program manager


Sue Lajoie

After 15 years with CASA Sue has decided to retire, this last year has been so restricting for so many of us. Sue is one of the most detailed orientated people I know which made her such an incredible advocate for CASA. Consistently year after year Sue would take on new cases and always gave it a 100% her favorite always working with the younger children placement stability always a priority. Families and children enjoyed working with Sue finding her persuasive responsible  personality very calming and all respected her good judgment on situations. Sue was always kind and supportive of the parents she worked with often assisting them with many challenges they may have been facing. Sue’s attention to detail was always reflected in her court reports providing the court with a picture of the child. It has been a true pleasure to work with you Sue and wish you many years of happy retirement. I will miss you. – Bernadette Melton-Plante, program director