I believe in me. I believe there aren’t any mistakes and have no regrets. In life, everything happens for a reason. The good the bad, the happy the sad, the pretty the ugly… they all make us the person we are ultimately meant to be.
At the end of the day, when you look in the mirror and love who you see… ahhh, that’s all that matters.
|Angelae Wilkerson has been a tireless activist and volunteer in Teaneck and in New Jersey for many years. She has advocated on behalf of her children, her community, and numerous nonprofit organizations. Her love for her kids, family and community is unquestionable, and her dedication to helping those in need serves as an inspiration to everyone she works with.
In Teaneck, Angelae’s list of volunteer activities is long and distinguished. She is a life member of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, serving as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, while also working on the Social, Probationary Member Training, and Recruitment Committees. She has been rewarded for her dedication to the corps with commendations and awards. Angelae served as coordinator for Teaneck Unity Day— a community-wide event the celebrates and embraces Teaneck’s vibrant diversity; volunteered with the Teaneck Helping Hands Food Pantry; and co-chaired Teaneck High School Project Graduation, serving as a chaperone even though her children were not part of all the graduating classes. Angelae has received two Teaneck Chamber of Commerce Awards, Matthew Feldman Award in recognition of her tireless dedication to community service in her hometown. Due to health issues, it prevented her attending the initial ceremony, leading a friend and committee member to state, “You know Angelae must be special because she’s the only person it takes two meetings to celebrate!” Ms. Wilkerson’s efforts are not limited to Teaneck’s organizations.
On the county level, She has volunteered at the Center of Hope & Safety, formerly known as Shelter Our Sisters, a residence for battered women and their children, and the Joan’s Joy Foundation, an organization founded in memory of Joan D’Alessandro that supports child safety efforts. She has dedicated many hours to the Encourage Kids Foundation, where she received the Volunteer Spirit, Volunteer of the Month and Volunteer of the Year Awards for her efforts in chairing fundraising committees, Family Liason and organizing volunteers to provide Great Escape Events for pediatric patients and their families. She also works per diem as a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate supervisor, an essential component of SART, Sexual Assault Response Team at Bergen County’s YWCA healingSPACE, a sexual violence resource center.
On the state level, Angelae spearheaded the movement to bring Denim Day to New Jersey. Denim Day is an annual observance dedicated to raising awareness and urging citizens to take a stand against sexual violence. She worked tirelessly for 18 months with the Assembly and Senate to make sure the initiative was passed and signed by the Governor. One of her proudest moments was speaking on the Superior Court House steps and the State House steps on the inaugural Denim Day in New Jersey. She served as past president of the board of trustees of the statewide New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She also supports efforts to prevent sexual violence and help family survivors through her work with the Ryan United Foundation and the Kelsey Smith Foundation, both of which are named in memory of abducted and murdered children. Her dream job is to one day work for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Angelae is a loving mother of three wonderful children, by far her greatest accomplishments. Her daughter Samantha graduated with honors from university and has been the project coordinator for a nonprofit private school in Central America for the last few years since graduating. Victoria graduated from high school and is on her college experience, majoring in Public Relations and minor in Communications. She is working for a New York Media Firm and has left her special mark on NYFashion week the last couple of seasons, with more to come. Victoria has served as a mentor and volunteered for numerous non profits, in addition to representing her school at the United Nations Conferences. Nicholas, her heart’s joy, is in high school and looking forward excitedly to the beginning of his college years and next journey. Nicholas has been a volunteer since she can remember for the food pantry, church, youth group as well as spearheading valentines for veterans/smiles for soldiers with his mom.
Most recently she was invited to present at the YWCA of Bergen County WENisNOW Network. Angelae gave a motivational presentation she named, The Little Pink Dress Of Confidence. Her daily mantra “Stay true to yourself, remembering…Validation comes from within, and there are…No limits to your fabulousness,” will hopefully inspire.
Her inspirations are her children. Her commitment to raising socially-conscious and caring children, and her willingness to provide assistance to those in need of support is commendable. When asked what she hoped her legacy would be, Angelae responded “I want to inspire people, I want someone to look at me and say, ‘because of you, I didn’t give up’.”
“Be kind always, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”