Federation of Social Workers recently announced its honorees for the 2017 Human Service Worker of the Year awards.
The awards will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St., Rochester.
Mary Whittier will receive the Human Service Worker Lifetime Achievement Award. Whittier serves as founding executive director of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, which provides services to children suspected of being sexually or physically abused. She has worked with children and families for more than 30 years. Before founding Bivona, Whittier worked at Hillside Children’s Center, Monroe County Child Protective Services and Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Kerry Greene, who works in child protective services for Monroe County, will receive the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the public sector. Shirley Sobczak, who works at Rochester Regional Joint Board, will receive the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the private sector.
Elizabeth “Betsy” MacKinnon and Herb Wolfe will receive a John L. Seebach Volunteer of the Year Award for their service to various local charities and nonprofit organizations.
Crisis Nursery, ROCovery and Zaire Downs will be recognized as Community Nonprofit Organizations of the Year.
John Geer, Kelly Philips and Jeremy Nash, will receive Courage awards.
Get It Straight Orthodontics will receive the Corporate Human Service Volunteer Contributor of the Year Award.
Kristy and Amy Stanton will be honored as Human Service Family of the Year.
Chris Poles, who works in Monroe County child protective services, will receive 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.
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