There will be a “Member of the Month” recognized every month, year around. If you would like to nominate a FSW Member who has done exceptional volunteer work or community service please fill out this nomination form.
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Each month’s honoree will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant of their choice, courtesy of the Retirees Council of the FSW, Modica Law Firm and Edge Advertising Group.
Our honoree for October 2018 is LaKeisha Poole. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.
October Member of the Month
- Human Service Worker (public sector)
Johanna Lockemeyer, Monroe Community Hosptal
- Human Service Worker (private sector)
Veronica Black Turner, Children Awaiting Parents
- John L. Seebach Volunteer Award
John Prewasnicak, Special Olympics
- Courage Award
- Corporate Contributor
ESL Federal Credit Union
- Human Service Family
Alicia and Josh Doughterty
- Non-Profit Organization
Outreach Community Center
- Bertina Forde Rising Star Award
Katie Barone, CPS/MCDHS
- Next Generation Contributor
Maeve Reed, Fairport High School
- W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement
Hilda Rosario Escher, Ibero
James Norman, Action for a Better Community
Previous Lifetime Achievement honorees have included among others: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Sheriff Andrew Meloni, Garth Fagan, Mayor William Johnson and NYS Lt. Governor Robert Duffy. The 2017 honoree was Mary Whittier of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
Hilda Rosario Escher will be leaving her position as the President and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League at the end of this year. She had previously served as Ibero’s Director of Day Care Services, Director of Foster Care Services and Director of Developmental Disability Services. Escher's professional accomplishments also include: growing the division for developmental Disabilities from a $350,000 budget to $7 million, launching the First Upstate 24hr Latino Radio Station and increasing scholarship opportunities for high school students from 8 to 86.
James Norman retired as CEO of Action for A Better Community in February of this year, after serving 25 years in that position. During his tenure and under his leadership, ABC greatly expanded and improved the programs and services it offers to the Rochester community. He remains actively involved as a volunteer with several local organizations.
“We are very proud to be honoring Hilda Rosario Escher and James Norman for their extraordinary careers in human service. They have both been incredible contributors to our community and are extremely deserving recipients of these awards.”, said Federation president Kendall Bell.
With this announcement, the Federation will also begin accepting nominations from the community for a variety of human service awards for both individuals and organizations. Please click the button below to access the online nomination form, which includes a complete list of awards and categories for the 2018 Human Services event.
Ayanna Sampson is a senior at Aquinas Institute. She plans to attend college to become a Physician's Assistant. Sampson participated with the Federation of Social Workers, in making Holiday baskets for men and women in military service. She also has tutored, worked in soup kitchens, helped run youth basketball tournaments, assisted with community gardens, volunteered at Rochester General Hospital and at a local rehabilitation center.
Khala Anderson is a senior at Irondequoit High School. She will attend Mercyhurst University in the fall to study Business in Intelligence. Anderson has been involved in community mentoring and volunteering at organizations such as: Tasteful Memories, blood drives, Goodwill and Action for a Better Community Programs.
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