Former Hillsborough County Commissioner and longtime children's advocate Dottie Berger MacKinnon passed away Sunday morning of cancer. She was 71.
Berger MacKinnon was a tireless advocate for women and children as the founder of Joshua House, Friends of Joshua House Foundation, Kids Charity of Tampa Bay and A Kid's Place.
She was a county commissioner in District 4 from 1994 to 1998.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn released a statement Sunday in regards to her passing.
"Dottie was tenacious and dogged in her pursuit for doing what was right and fighting for children. To the hundreds of neglected or abused children whose lives she touched, she was not just their advocate, she was also their friend. Dottie listened to them and gave them a voice. She was a living testament to the fact that one person can really make the difference in someone else's life. Tampa is a better place because her," Mayor Buckhorn said.
"My thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Sandy, and the entire MacKinnon family," he said.
Berger MacKinnon's family told the Tampa Bay Times a memorial service should be held later in the week.
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