More than 300 local human service providers and supporters recently attended the 12th annual Human Service Worker of the Year Awards luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions to improving the quality of life in the Greater Rochester area. Attendees included County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo; Mayor Lovely Warren; State Sen. Joseph Robach, R-56th Dist.; and County Clerk Adam Bello.
Honored individuals included professionals and volunteers from education, health care, law enforcement and social service fields. The populations they serve include the homeless, child abuse victims, elder abuse victims, wounded veterans, cancer patients and domestic violence victims.
The recognized organizations were Gilda’s Club Rochester for their support of those with cancer and their families, Flower City Habitat for Humanity for their efforts to make homeownership possible for those who would otherwise not have that opportunity and Bikers Against Child Abuse for their support of child abuse victims and their families.
Todd Baxter, of the Veterans Outreach Center, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership at that agency, his military service, his decades of work in law enforcement and his service on local nonprofit boards.
Lifespan of Greater Rochester’s Art Mason received the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the Private Sector. Runners-up were Amy Tausch, CEO and founder of The New York Warrior Alliance, and Jennifer Sullivan, community programs coordinator at Willow Domestic Violence Center.
Lloyd Dysart, 91, a World War II veteran volunteer at Rochester General Hospital, received the John L. Seebach Volunteer of the Year Award. Runners-up were Brett Sobieraski, of the Rochester Police Department, and Joy Kloeber, a volunteer with the Canine Visitation Team at Rochester General Hospital.
Rebecca Miglioratti, Department of Homeless Services community homeless coordinator, received the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the Public Sector. Runners-up were Richard Canori, adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, and Kathy Ziegler, career center director at RochesterWorks.
Modica Law Firm was honored with the Corporate Human Service Volunteer Contributor of the Year Award.
Trisha Kalpin received the Bertina Forde Rising Star Award. This award is given to a young professional in the human services field who shows exceptional career potential.
The Federation of Social Workers sponsors this annual community event.