NYAPRS Board Announces 2012 Award Winners

NYAPRS Note: Heartfelt congratulations to this year's distinguishedNYAPRS 2012 Award winners, who will receive their awards either at the upcoming September 19-21 NYAPRS Annual Conference or at our 2013 Legislative Day in Albany on January 29.

The NYAPRS Board of Directors is pleased to present our 2012 Award Winners

The BRENDAN NUGENT LEADERSHIP AWARD is presented to an inspiring peer leader

in promoting and advocating for the empowerment of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Celia Brown, NYS Office of Mental Health, New York, NY

The FRANCES OLIVERO ADVOCACY AWARD is presented to an individual who has demonstrated

inspiring community leadership and unique contributions in advocacy

around a particular issue on behalf of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Amy Colesante, Mental Health Empowerment Project, Albany, NY

The LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented to an individual who has a long record

of exemplary contributions to the recovery, rehabilitation and/or rights of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Muriel Shepherd, NAMI-NYS

Michael Hogan, PhD, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY

The MARTY SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD is presented to an inspired and dedicated

community mental health worker/agency who has demonstrated exemplary contributions

to the advancement of best practices in service to New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities.

John Javis Mental Health Association in Nassau County, Hempstead, NY

The PARTNERS WITH FAMILIES AWARD is presented to an individual who has demonstrated

inspiring leadership in the advancement of the alliance of families and consumers

in promoting the recovery, rehabilitation and rights of people with psychiatric disabilities.

Wendy Brennan, NAMI-NYC Metro, New York, NY

The PUBLIC EDUCATION/MEDIA AWARD is presented to an individual or organization

who has demonstrated extraordinary public education efforts to advance

the needs and highlight the accomplishments of New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities.

Lucy Winer, Wildlight Productions, New York, NY

The PUBLIC POLICY LEADERSHIP AWARD is presented to a public official who has demonstrated

outstanding public leadership on behalf of New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities.

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, NYS Assembly, Albany, NY

Senator Ray McDonald, NYS Senate, Albany, NY

The FAITH & FELLOWSHIP AWARD is presented to an individual who has been an extraordinary source

of kindness, caring and devotion to people within their local mental health community.

Marguerite Gayle, Transitional Living Services, Whitestone, NY

The QUINCY BOYKIN MEMORIAL AWARD is presented to a person or organization in heartfelt recognition of their inspiring contributions to the rights, recovery and inclusion of all New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities.

Magaly Polo, NYC Dep't of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, NY