Barent Walsh, executive director of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter at a ceremony on March 29 in Framingham.
Dr. Mathilde Castiel of UMass Memorial Medical Center received the Public Citizen of the Year Award at the ceremony
Honorees are nominated by their colleagues for demonstrating the highest standards of personal conduct and professional integrity in the advancement of the values, ethics and knowledge of social work.
Marsha Gershon and Robert Darmagnac of Worcester will participate in the Charles River Watershed Association's 29th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race on April 30. The race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws approximately 1,500 paddlers.
Catherine Griffin, David Callahan and Kerri Grenache of Worcester will be running in the 115th Boston Marathon April 18 to help conquer cancer as members of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, with a goal of raising $4.5 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, of the Saints Francis & Therese Catholic Worker on Mason Street, recently traveled to Afghanistan, joining 23 other peace activists from the U.S. Germany and Australia in response to an invitation by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers to join 50 Afghan youth from all ethnicities in "celebration of the Afghan people's wish to live without wars." They marched through Kabul to a private garden to plant trees of peace, participated in a Global Day of Listening-Skype-athon with youth in Iraq, Gaza, Egypt, Yemen, and other countries, and joined a candlelight vigil for all the people of Afghanistan and the world who have been killed in war.
Worcester sisters Heidi and Ursula Munger, members of the Skating Club of Boston, will participate in the club's 99th annual skating festival, "Ice Chips Show of Champions," the longest-running ice show in the world. Performances will be held at 1 and 7 p.m. April 2 and 2 p.m. April 3 at Harvard University's Bright Arena.
The show will benefit Children's Hospital of Boston and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.
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CUTLINE: (1) STUDENT PARTICIPATES AT UN EVENT - Denzel Amevor, a student at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School in Worcester, addresses other students as a mock representative of Uganda during the recent 2011 Invitational Model UN in Boston. The event, which was hosted by the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, welcomed more than 270 middle and high school students from 21 schools in Central and Eastern Massachusetts. (2) Mr. Walsh