Taking Pride in His Girls
Cameron Turner takes great pride in his career as a writer, entertainment journalist, motivational speaker and editorial columnist (his “Turner’s Two Cents” is featured in The Journal as well as www. UrbanThoughtCollective.com and www.EURweb.com), but his greatest joy comes from being father to daughters Jordan (age 12) and Jasmine (10). “I love being a dad! Parenting is a privilege and the greatest responsibility onecan take on,” Turner declares. “My former wife, Mignon, and I want the best for our daughters and we work as a team to make sure that they have every opportunity to develop their potential and to grow up confi dent and happy.” Cameron’s dedication to parenting is evident through his involvement in his daughters’ educations. He’s been a fi xture at Monroe Elementary School in Monrovia as a volunteer with PTA (including two years as president), WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), School Site Council, Monroe Unicycle Club and Monroe’s “Spirit Committee” for the 2009 Monrovia Elementary School Olympics (his leadership helped Monroe win the coveted “Spirit Stick” for best school spirit at the Elementary Olympics). “My parents set the example when I was kid of parents being heavily involved in their children’s school. To me, it’s all part of my job as a parent,” says Turner.
Spiritual development is another priority and Cameron, Jordan and Jasmine can be found at First AME Church in Pasadena, worshipping alongside Cameron’s parents, Ray and Mildred Turner, brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Debbie Turner, Debbie and their teenage kids Amber and Devin. Jordan and Jasmine take part in various church activities including Black History Month programs, reading scripture in service and Praise Dancing. Cameron enjoys singing in First AME’s Male Chorus. “The camaraderie, fun and spiritual power of being with a diverse group of black men singing for The Lord is amazing!” says Turner.
But Turner says that the happiest, most meaningful aspect of parenting is all the little, every day moments. “Whether we’re cooking dinner, riding bikes, throwing the Frisbee, reading short stories and poetry, walking the dog or watching ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Twilight Zone’ reruns, my favorite times are when the girls and I are just hanging out, being together.”