Niagara Gazette

September 24, 2013

Meet the YWCA of Niagara's 2013 honorees

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Niagara Gazette

YWCA of Niagara 2013 Niagara Awards, A Tribute to Women, awardees were:

ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: Ellen Martin, owner-operator of several small businesses and the driver of two ongoing arts-oriented events, the Sweet Harmony piano display and a chalk festival, in downtown Lockport this year.

EDUCATION AWARD: Joanne Basta was recognized for her time spent both as a teacher at Edward Town Middle School in the Niagara-Wheatfield School District and as an adjunct professor at Niagara University.

• FRONT LINE AWARD: Jennifer Hoyt, a Niagara Hospice and Habitat for Humanity volunteer and a United Way Pledge Member for youth mentorship. Hoyt is a teller supervisor for First Niagara Bank in Niagara Falls.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES AWARD: Laura Kelemen of Lockport, a Community Missions Aurora House intake committee member who also is executive director of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's Child Advocacy Center.

MANAGEMENT AWARD: Wendy Roberson of Newfane, Niagara County First Deputy County Clerk, who stays involved voluntarily with various municipal professional associations, the Niagara County and Sanborn Area historical societies, Leadership Niagara and the Niagara County Federation of Republican Women.

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Deborah Boyer of Lockport. Boyer is a volunteer for Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, the Food Bank of WNY and the YWCA of Niagara's domestic violence program who started the Tina Marie Boyer Charity in memory of her daughter, a victim of domestic violence. Boyer is the head trainer at Walmart's Lockport store.

YOUTH AWARD: Ashley Pascuzzi of Niagara Falls. Pascuzzi is the extended day program director of the Boys and Girls Club at Maple Avenue School and a United Way volunteer.

• Elizabeth Phillips of Canandaigua, formerly of Lockport, received the YWCA's Lifetime Achievement Award. The retired realtor gave a lifetime of community service to myriad causes including PTA, the League of Women Voters, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Lockport Housing Authority and the city's Human Relations Committee, of which she was the first chairman in the late 1960s.

• The Friend of the YWCA of Niagara Award was presented to State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, in its first year.