Celebrating 123 years of continuous service to the Niagara community, Family & Children’s Service of Niagara handed out several awards at its Side by Side, Step by Step: An Awards Gala to Celebrate Our Journey on Friday at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

In addition to showcasing the work of the agency over the past year, awards were presented to several individuals in recognition of their contributions. 

• Sharon Lomison received the Peggy Addoms Volunteer Service Award which is given to a volunteer who demonstrates dedication to the agency, going above and beyond, supporting the mission of the agency. Sharon is a longtime board member.

• Suzanne Cassick was given the Staff Leadership Award. She is a supervisor in our Parenting Services Program, and has been with the agency for 30 years. She has given back to the organization and community through her knowledge, dedication and resourcefulness, according to Family & Children’s Service officials.

• Renee Koval received the Journey Award, which is presented to a current or past client who has faced challenges, overcome obstacles and is a positive role model for others facing similar challenges.

Niagara University was given the Gerald J. Kozak Community Partnership Award. Niagara University was recognized for its collaborative efforts in addressing community needs and exemplifying the values of compassion, helping others and empowerment in their activities and services.

• St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda received the Legacy Builder Award in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to children, adults and families in need through its exceptional generosity to the agency. 

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