Human service professionals, volunteers and organizations were honored recently for their contributions to the community at the 13th annual Human Service Worker of the Year awards luncheon.
Federation of Social Workers hosted more than 325 attendees at Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Mary Whittier received the W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award. Whittier has worked with children and families for more than 30 years. She previously served as founding executive director for Bivona Child Advocacy Center, a teacher’s assistant at Hillside Children’s Center, a caseworker for Monroe County Child Protective Services and a social worker for Golisano Children’s Hospital.
“We are proud to recognize the exceptional achievements of these honorees,” said Margaret Capuano, FSW president. “They have done much to improve the quality of the lives of many people in our community.”
Kerry Greene, of Monroe County CPS, received the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the public sector. Shirley Sobczak, of Rochester Regional Joint Board, received the award for the private sector.
Elizabeth MacKinnon and Herb Wolfe received the John L. Seebach Volunteer of the Year Award for their service to local charitable and nonprofit organizations.
Crisis Nursery, ROCovery and Zaire Downs were named community nonprofit organizations of the year.
Officers Kelly Philips and Jeremy Nash, of Rochester Police Department, and John Geer received the Courage Award.
Get It Straight Orthodontics received the Corporate Human Service Volunteer Contributor of the Year Award.
Kristy Stanton, Amy Stanton and their family were honored as human service family of the year.
Chris Poles, of Monroe County CPS, received the Bertina Forde Rising Star Award. This award recognizes contributions in the public sector by individuals with less than two years of experience.