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Child advocacy center founder to be honored

Mary Whittier, a long-time child advocate and founding executive director of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, will be honored in November for 30 years of service to children.

The Federation of Social Workers chose Whittier for its Human Service Worker Lifetime Achievement Award, citing her work at Bivona, Hillside Children’s Center, Monroe County Child Protective Services and Golisano Childrens Hospital.

Other human service contributors being recognized at the event include:
• 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 the Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United, will receive the Human Service Worker of the Year Award for the private sector;
• Elizabeth MacKinnon and Herb Wolfe will be honored with a John L. Seebach Volunteer of the Year Award for their service to a variety of local charities;
• Crisis Nursery, ROCovery and Zaire Downs will be recognized as Community Non-Profit Organizations of the Year;
• John Geer, Kelly Philips and Jeremy Nash of the Rochester Police Department, will be honored with 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 the Human Service Family of the Year; and
• Chris Poles, who works in Monroe County Child Protective Services, will receive the Bertina Forde Rising Star Award. The award is given for exceptional contributions in the public sector for individuals with less than two years of experience.

Individuals and organizations are recognized for having made exceptional contributions to improving the quality of life in the Greater Rochester area. The 13th annual Human Service Awards Luncheon will be held on Nov. 3 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Last year more than 300 local human service providers and their supporters attended the 12th annual luncheon. Todd Baxter, executive director of Veterans Outreach Center Inc., earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

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