The Health Association of Niagara County presented six awards during its annual meeting and luncheon recently at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
Gary Tucker, president and CEO of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center, was presented with the Outstanding Sponsor Award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual, business, agency or other nonprofit who directly supports the mission of HANCI. Also honored was Teresa Torre, who received the Chris Richbart Heart of HANCI Award for being that person in our community who exemplifies all elements of HEART: Honesty, excellence, respect, compassion and teamwork. The Outstanding Partner Award was presented to Gary P. Hall, president and CEO of Waste Technology Services. Hall demonstrates leadership and a commitment to making our community a better place, goes above and beyond to help others and encourages others to raise the quality of life in our area.
The 2016 Chairperson’s Awards for Distinguished Service was presented to Sister Concetta DeFelice, OSF, and Sister Beth Niederpruem, OSF, for their many years of dedication and service to HANCI. Special recognition will also be given to 12 of HANCI’s home care aides for their loyal and dedicated service to HANCI and the Niagara County community.
Judith Bongiovanni, who is confined to a wheelchair due to a chronic illness, received the Karen Albond Courage in Caring Award, presented annually to an individual who perseveres in service to others despite a disability. Bongiovanni served as a supervisor in the Niagara County Office of the Aging, working as a social worker to help both children and elderly. She also spends time volunteering and giving back to her community.
Tina Johnston, office coordinator in Niagara University’s Office of Career Services, was presented with the university’s Outstanding Employee Award by the Rev. James J. Maher, president. Johnston, a Niagara Falls resident, began working at Niagara in 2012.
Johnston has also been the recent recipient of a Purple Pat, which thanked her for her willingness to help out.
Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Award are made by NU employees, students, alumni, parents or other people who come in contact with university employees.
Dr. Timothy Ireland, dean of Niagara University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was chosen as a recipient of the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice Distinguished Alumni Award. Ireland became dean of Niagara’s College of Arts and Sciences recently, after serving as a professor in the university’s department of criminology and criminal justice since 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from SUNY Albany.
Among Ireland’s numerous research interests are the causes and consequences of exposure to family violence and drug abuse. An article Ireland co-authored on intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in intimate partner violence was selected as one of the 10 best violence research publications of 2011 by the Psychology of Violence multidisciplinary research journal.
The Rotary Club of Lockport annually raises funds and awards at least $10,000 to exceptional students in this area. This year’s scholarships were presented to very deserving Lockport High School seniors:
Victoria Haak, who will be attending Providence College, ranked first in her graduating class. She will receive $2,000 for each of the next four years.
This year, the club awarded two vocational scholarships. Each winner will receive $2,000 for two years. They are Nicholas DiCarlo, whose career path is auto mechanics, and John Ritz, who is continuing his education at Niagara County Community College.