Almost 300 community members recently gathered at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester to recognize and celebrate exceptional contributions of service by individuals and organizations.
Hilda Rosario Escher and James Norman are this year’s Human Service Worker Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Escher will leave her position as 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 were recognized at the event.
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 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 Nonprofit 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 and 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 ages 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.
“These individuals and organizations do much to improve the quality of life for others,” said Kendall Bell, president of the Federation of Social Workers. “We commend them for their selfless efforts and their invaluable service to the community.”