Carver's CEO receives 2019 Women of Distinction award


The 11th Annual Sweet Mother Dinner & Awards on Saturday evening, September 7, 2019, recognized the accomplishments of Carver CEO, Novelette Peterkin, among the other awardees. Novelette was named among the organization’s Women of Distinction. Congressmen Jim Himes also gave Novelette a citation. See the photos below of Novelette with her family and friends.

Norwalk-based Sweet Mother, Inc. honors mothers who have been successful in balancing motherhood with their business, their profession, and in their community. Part of the proceeds of the annual event go towards the education of girls at the Forum of African Women in Education School in Waterloo village, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Sweet mother events also honor foster mothers, single mothers, and adoptive mothers.


In 2004 Eugenia Chinsman moved to Norwalk, CT from Manhattan where she lived for 18 years. Her husband, Dr. Babashola Chinsman, worked for the United Nations Development Program for 25 years before retiring from the UNDP to move to Connecticut. A year later, Mrs. Chinsman met Sophia Adade, a mother of two girls and a son Eddie. During her conversation with Sophia she learned that Sophia left her career in pharmaceuticals to stay at home with Eddie who had special needs.

The objective of the “Sweet Mother” event is to celebrate the outstanding strength in ordinary mothers like Sophia. Sophia Adade was the first Mother of the Year of the “Sweet mother Event”. In the past 10 years, the Sweet mother event has honored 30 women in the following categories: Mother of the Year, Woman of Distinction, Outstanding Business Woman, Community Advocate. Renaissance Woman of the Year, Community Leader and Emerging Young Profession. The Awards ceremony is held annually at a Gala Dinner Dance at the Sheraton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.

The Women of Distinction award recognizes women who serve as role models for other women and have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity both in their home and community.