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Five women to receive YWCA's Erskine Awards

May 05, 2014

The 2014 Katharine F. Erskine Award recipients, from left: Hazel Berry, Gail Carberry, Aleta Fazzone, Parlee Jones and Noreen Johnson Smith.

WORCESTER — Five women whose professional accomplishments have helped improve the lives of women and girls in their communities will receive the YWCA's Katharine F. Erskine Award during the annual Tribute to Women luncheon at noon Tuesday at Mechanics Hall.

Parlee Jones will be honored in the Arts and Culture category; Aleta Fazzone, Business and Law; Gail Carberry, Education; Noreen Johnson Smith, Health, Science and Technology; and Hazel Berry, Social Service and Government.

Ms. Jones is creator and founding director of OurStory Edutainment, a multicultural learning institute that teaches black history through education and entertainment. She is also a shelter advocate at Abby's House.

Ms. Fazzone is the director of community and customer management for National Grid's Central and Western Massachusetts division. She is also involved with the Worcester Education Collaborative and Habitat for Humanity.

Ms. Carberry is the president of Quinsigamond Community College. She is a member of the Worcester Education Collaborative and the Early Learning Leadership Advisory Council.

Ms. Johnson Smith is vice president of development and advancement at Family Health Center of Worcester Inc. She was a key contributor to the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund grant for the city of Worcester.

Ms. Berry is a detective in the Special Crimes Unit of the Worcester Police Department. She serves as a member of the YWCA's Daybreak Standing Committee and as a mentor for at-risk youth with the Black Clergy Alliance.

Katharine Erskine was a longtime advocate for women who twice served as YWCA president, in 1930 and 1960. Erskine Award recipients show a commitment to the YWCA and Ms. Erskine's mission of empowering women and girls and eliminating racism.

Sara Schweiger

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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