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Council members, executives honored for leadership

Earlier this month, several human services executives who have been pivotal in shaping the Massachusetts community-based sector and the Providers’ Council were honored by The A.R.T. Institute and John McManus Leadership Forum at the event “Celebrating Humanity & Environment – Facing New Challenges” held at Justice Resource Institute in Needham.

The John McManus Leadership Forum honored Communities for People President and CEO Joe Leavey, who was also the second commissioner of the Department of Youth Services, and Pathways for Children President and CEO Sue Todd, who has been a leader in the child care movement in Massachusetts.

The evening also featured the first honors presented by The A.R.T. Institute, led by Providers’ Council co-founder and Chair Emeritus Gerry Wright, which went to Susan Wayne and Michael Weekes. A.R.T. – which is named for Jane Addams, Ellen Swallow Richards and Harriet Tubman – also announced the creation of the Bill Taylor Advocacy Forum and honored the late Doug Baird, the first executive director of the Providers’ Council.