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GSWNY: 2019 Women of Distinction award-winners announced


Mon, Jul 1st 2019 01:55 pm

9 distinguished WNY women to be honored at group’s top women’s event of year

Girl Scouts of Western New York will recognize nine honorees at the 2019 Women of Distinction Dinner and Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Buffalo. The public is invited to attend. To purchase tickets or be a sponsor, visit www.gswny.org.

The 2019 Women of Distinction are:

  • Christine Bonaguide, Esq.: partner, Hodgson Russ LLP (Erie County)
  • Linda Clark, M.D.: doctor of preventive medicine/occupational medicine, founder and CEO of Clark Occupational Medicine Services (Monroe County)
  • Tory Irgang: executive director, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (Chautauqua County)
  • Candace Johnson, Ph.D.: president and CEO, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Erie County)
  • Joyce A. Markiewicz: executive vice president/CEO, Home and Community based Care Catholic Health (Erie County)
  • Nadia Pizzaro: homeless services program director, Lakeshore Behavioral Health (Erie County)
  • Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D.: president, State University of New York at Buffalo State (Erie County)
  • Lori Van Dusen: founder and CEO, LVW Advisors (Monroe County)
  • Linda Zakrzewski: Volunteer of Distinction, teacher, School 81 Buffalo (Erie County)

The honorees were nominated by members of the community because of their demonstrated leadership in their careers and in their communities through public service. These women are considered role models for all girls, and, in accepting this award, they commit to mentoring the young women involved with the Women of Distinction event.

This program is part of the nationwide Girl Scouts of the USA program and is designed to recognize the achievements of women, provide mentoring opportunities for older Girl Scouts, and fund local Girl Scout educational opportunities and programs for girls 5 to 17 years of age.

“Our 2019 Women of Distinction honorees exemplify the meaning of extraordinary leadership both personally and professionally with a strong commitment to making our world a better place,” said Alison Wilcox, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York. “Each of the 2019 honorees serve as inspiration for the type of phenomenal leaders that girls and young women can grow to become.”

This event is open to the community. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found at gswny.org. Proceeds from this event benefit programming for girls throughout WNY.

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