NASW SOCIAL WORKER AWARDS CEREMONY
The Abilene Branch of the National Association of Social Workers had its annual award ceremony at the Region 14 Education Service Center on March 1st. Throughout the morning they had an educational and informative workshop, a short break and then the luncheon and the presentation of awards began.[[more]] City Councilman and mayoral candidate Anthony Williams was on hand to show his support, as well as present the organization with the Declaration of March as “National Social Work Month”. Diana Hall, the Branch Chair, accepted the Declaration, led the workshop, ceremony and had this to say about the day’s events. “We have this event every year, but I am glad and thankful to see the social workers in this area and others showing their interest and support by attending.” Sharon Owens from the Texas Health and Human Services Committee for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Melissa Millhorn Department Head of the Social Work Program at Hardin-Simmons University, and KTAB Anchor-woman Brittany Pelletz were all in attendance. Brittany was a recipient of the Media Award for her Big Hearts in the Big Country Program on KTAB, where she turns a spotlight on folks in our area who take action to help support and improve our community in a variety of ways. Many other awards were presented as well. Bill Enriquez received the Public Citizen of the Year Award, Jake Holt, the Social Work Student of the Year, Social Worker of the Year went to Darrel Jordan, and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to David Perkins. The event was a series of touching and inspiring speeches which illustrated, once again, that Abilene is home to a community of people that are dedicated and inspired to be a support and a help to those in need.