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Travis Roy to keynote 36th Council Convention

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, the founder of The Travis Roy Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the 36th Annual Providers' Council Convention & Expo at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel on Tuesday, November 29.

The event is the largest of its kind in the Northeast and is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, many of whom work in the community-based human services sector. Other highlights of the event include a welcome message from Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, the presentation of the Awards of Excellence and Peer Provider Awards, and the launch of The Caring Force, a grassroots advocacy movement that will support a diverse and progressive human services sector.

A timeline of events and list of award winners (and affiliated organizations) follow. If interested in obtaining media credentials, please contact Bill Yelenak (617-428-3637 or

9 a.m.                    Welcome with Council President/CEO Michael Weekes & EOHHS Sec. Dr. JudyAnn Bigby

9:15 a.m.              Keynote Speaker Travis Roy speaks and takes questions from audience

10:15 a.m.           Awards of Excellence

11 a.m.                 Workshops

12:30 p.m.           Lunch

1:30 p.m.             Peer Provider Awards Ceremony

2:30 p.m.             Workshops

4 p.m.                   Chair’s Award and Reception

Award Winners

Awards of Excellence

Richard J. Bond Executive of the Year -- Stan Connors, Bay Cove Human Services (Boston)

Richard J. Bond Supervisor of the Year -- Kelli Hyland, Bridgewell (Lynnfield)

Gerry Wright Direct Service Award -- Jane Banks, Center for Human Development (Springfield)

Gerry Wright Direct Service Award -- Ashley McDonough, Seven Hills Foundation (Worcester)

Volunteer of the Year Award -- Carrie Lemelin, The Association For Community Living (Springfield)

Ruth M. Batson Advocate of the Year -- Brian Condron, The Home for Little Wanderers (Boston)

Innovator of the Year Award -- WORK, Inc. (Dorchester)

State Employee of the Year Award -- Rebecca Christie, DDS (North Shore Area Office)

Legislator of the Year Award -- Sen. Michael Rodrigues (First Bristol & Plymouth)

Legislator of the Year Award -- Rep. Vinny deMacedo (First Plymouth)

Municipal Partner of the Year -- Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council (Boston)

Business Partnership Award -- Tony Depalo, Agawam Medical Supply (Agawam)

Media Award -- 90.9, WBUR (Boston)

Peer Provider Awards

City Mission Society of Boston (Boston)

Family Continuity (Hyannis)

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (Boston)

May Institute (Randolph)

Square One (Springfield)

The Providers' Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.