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Federation Staff Honored
By Beth Dworetzky,
Information from the Massachusetts Family-to-Family Health Information Center

Rhea TavaresThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers’ (MAPS) is a non-profit agency. They provide social and health services to the Portuguese-speaking communities in eastern Massachusetts. On May 9, 2009, they hosted their Annual Awards Gala. Rhea Tavares, Coordinator of Portuguese Outreach at the Federation for Children with Special Needs was one of the award recipients. She was one of three individuals to receive the MAPS Jorge Fidalgo Community Service award for her enormous contributions to Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts.

Upon accepting the award, Rhea, who has her own physical challenges, thanked all those who had helped her. She also noted she is proud to be at the Federation, where she can reach out to other families and provide services, supports and assistance to help them help their children with special needs. Read more about MAPS and the other awardees at http://www.maps-inc.org.

Robin FoleyRobin Foley, Director of Special Education Projects at the Federation, received a 2009 Katharine Forbes Erskine Award for her efforts to make a difference in the lives of women, children and families. This award honors individuals for their commitment to their profession, community, and the mission of the YWCA. For 20 years, Robin has not only worked to advance the rights of families raising children with special needs, but also worked to help them become effective advocates for their children, thus advancing social justice and equality.

Please join the Federation in acknowledging the achievements of these two exceptional staff people. We are proud of their accomplishments.