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Four members honored with Peer Provider Awards

Four organizations, representing a range of services and diverse regions of the state, were honored on Oct. 24 with Peer Provider Awards during the Providers' Council's 41st Annual Convention & Expo: Inspire | Ignite | Impact.

These organizations were nominated for the prestigious award by fellow Providers' Council members and colleagues in recognition of the significant contributions made to their communities and/or the human services sector in the last year.

The 2016 recipients were;

  • American Training, Inc. of Andover, which graduated 500 people from the LARE Institute, the heart of its occupational skills training and job placement program;
  • Mothers for Justice and Equality of Boston, which has grown from grassroots organization to a nationally-recognized advocacy group in its six years;
  • PRIDE, Inc. of Taunton, which has worked in partnership with Bristol Elder Services to prepare and deliver meals, creating jobs for consumers and relationships throughout the community; and
  • Sunshine Village of Chicopee, which transitioned a sheltered workshop into two businesses, creating more training and employment opportunities for conusmers in its programs in western Massachusetts.

Shayna Seymour, the Emmy-winning reporter, producer and occasional anchor for WCVB's popular nightly news magazine, Chronicle, hosted the awards ceremony and gave each executive a chance to speak about their organization's successes.

Accepting on behalf of their organizations were Tom Connors, President and CEO, American Training; Monalisa Smith, Executive Director, Mothers for Justice and Equality; Joanne Storrs, Executive Director, PRIDE; and Gina Golash Kos, Executive Director, Sunshine Village.

Pictures from the Peer Provider Awards and all the convention activities are on our Facebook page.