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Speaker Robert DeLeo to receive Providers’ Council award

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

BOSTON – The Providers’ Council, the state’s largest human services membership association, will honor Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo on Friday morning at Winthrop Middle School for his dedication to Winthrop youth and human services workers who provide essential services to one in ten Massachusetts residents.

Speaker DeLeo led efforts in the House in July to override Governor Patrick’s veto of the Salary Reserve, a fund designed to give a modest salary increase to direct care workers, including those in the Winthrop area. The House and Senate overrode the Governor’s veto, giving direct care workers – who make an average of $12/hour – their first annualized salary adjustment in five years. The Council and North Suffolk Mental Health Association will thank Speaker DeLeo for his commitment to human services and education.

North Suffolk, a leading human service provider, operates the MassSTART program in the Winthrop Public Schools. It is a school-based youth development program serving children between 8 and 13 and it provides vital human services assistance to students and their families in the community.


  • Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Michael Weekes, Providers’ Council
  • Jackie K. Moore, North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • Superintendent John Macero, Winthrop Public Schools
  • Rickie Townes, Michael DelPriore (Grade 7); Alex Gomez (Grade 8), MassSTART students

WHERE: Winthrop Middle School, 151 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Mass.

WHEN:    Friday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

MEDIA:    The event is open to the media. Call Bill Yelenak at 617-428-3637 x122 for information.

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.