Paula Taylor, who recently completed a three-year term
on the NASW board of directors, in May received the Communities of Salt and
Light Humanitarian Award by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in Clarksburg,
Taylor, who was recently elected president of the NASW West
Virginia Chapter, was cited for being a social worker not only by profession
but also as a lifestyle. Her service includes a career with the West Virginia
Department of Health and Human Resources, where she administers the Family
Assistance and Social Services program for Marion and Monongalia counties.
Her service to her parish has included a number of activities,
including religious education teacher and coordinator, finance council,
chairwoman of the education committee and the evangelization committee. She is
also secretary of the pastoral council, a lector, director of altar ministries,
and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.
Her service to the diocese includes many years on the Central Region
Council of Catholic Charities West Virginia and the Synod Steering Committee.
|Stephen Gorin, right, executive director of the NASW New
Hampshire Chapter, shakes hands with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.,
chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Gorin was invited to speak at
a press conference on the importance of Medicare in Concord , N.H., where
Wasserman Schultz was speaking.
Stephen Gorin, executive director of the NASW New
Hampshire Chapter, was named chairman of New Hampshire’s State Committee on
An article issued by Plymouth State University, where Gorin
has been a longtime social work professor, noted that New Hampshire Gov. John
Lynch called Gorin an expert and a leader in areas of social work and aging.
“We are fortunate to have him, and his expertise, leading the committee,” Lynch
Gail Mears, the founding dean of Plymouth State University’s
College of Education, Health and Human Services, said in the article that
Gorin’s appointment is a tribute to his knowledge and leadership on issues
affecting New Hampshire’s aged population.
“Dr. Gorin is a state and national leader in social work and
is well-known for his work in public policy,” Mears said in the story. “He is a
wonderful choice for this appointment.”
The members of the SCOA identify concerns of older citizens
and make recommendations to the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services regarding
policy and procedures to best protect the well-being, rights and quality of
life of older citizens.
“I look forward to working in this critical position,” Gorin
said in the article. “This is a difficult time for those concerned about
addressing the needs of older adults. I look forward to working with my
colleagues on the State Committee on Aging to advocate for our older adult
Gorin also spoke at a press conference in Concord, N.H., in
July, which featured Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the
Democratic National Committee. The press conference marked the 47th birthday of
Medicare, and Wasserman Schultz spoke about President Obama’s health care
achievements and what is at stake in November.
Gorin spoke before introducing Wasserman Schultz.
“Protecting Medicare is a vital concern for senior citizens
across New Hampshire — as it should be,” he said. … “President Obama knows
that Medicare is a vital program that must be kept strong for today’s seniors
and future generations. That’s why his health care law filled gaps and improved
coverage for every single person with Medicare, while removing wasteful
subsidies for insurance companies.”
The Council on Social Work Education honored NASW President
Jeane Anastas with its annual Feminist Scholarship Award. Awardees are
selected based on their efforts to advance social work practice, policy,
research and education related to the intersections of gender and social
Anastas is a professor at the Silver School of Social Work at
New York University and is its director of Strategic Planning and New
Initiatives. She is president of the Board of Women and Social Work, Inc.,
which sponsors the journal “Affilia.” She was formerly a member of CSWE’s
Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work and chairwoman of NASW’s
National Committee on Women’s Issues.
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