December 5, 2018

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Public Celebrates Human Service Worker Honorees at 14th Annual Human Service Awards Luncheon

Almost 300 community members gathered at the Riverside Convention Center on Friday, November 2nd, to recognize and celebrate exceptional contributions of service by a number of extraordinary individuals and organizations.


Hilda Rosario Escher and James Norman were honored with Human Service Worker Lifetime Achievement Awards. Escher will be leaving her position as the President and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League at the end of this year. Norman recently retired as CEO of Action for A Better Community, after 25 years.

Other human service contributors that were recognized at the event included:

  • Johanna Lockemeyer, who works at Monroe Community Hospital, received the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the Public Sector.
  • Veronica Black Turner, of Children Awaiting Parents, received the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the Private Sector.
  • John Prewasnicak was honored with the John L. Seebach Volunteer of the Year Award, for his involvement with the Special Olympics.
  • Outreach Community Center was recognized as the Community Non-Profit Organization of the Year.
  • Maria Fisher was honored with the Courage Award.
  • ESL Federal Credit Union received the Corporate Human Service Contributor of the Year Award.
  • Alicia & Josh Dougherty and their children were honored as the Human Service Family of the Year.
  • Maeve Reed received the Next Generation Contributor Award, which honors human service efforts by someone age 18 or younger.
  • Katie Barone, who works in Monroe County Child Protective Services, received the Bertina Forde Rising Star Award. This award is given for exceptional contributions in the Public Sector for individuals with less than two years of experience.

Federation of Social Workers President, Kendall Bell stated, “These individuals and organizations do much to improve the quality of life for others. We commend them for their selfless efforts and their invaluable service to the community.”

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