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University of Illinois Alumni in Social Work Honored

Elgin, IL—There are over 12,000 professional social workers in Illinois, all of whom dedicate their careers to either helping people transform their lives, or improve environments that make such progress possible. These individuals serve as agents of positive change in their communities, working to improve the fabric of society by serving as advocates for people who need help addressing serious life challenges and exploring their options.

This year’s National Social Work Month theme, “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work,” celebrates the many ways professional social workers make a difference for people every day. In honor of Social Work Month, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW Illinois) is honoring the work of exceptional social workers and individuals whose work promotes social justice and social change with and on behalf of the people and clients they serve.

Nancylou M. Morgan (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, LCSW, ACSW) is being honored as the 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardee for the National Association of Social Workers Illinois (NASW IL) Northeastern District. She will be awarded during a Social Work Month event which you can read more about in the press release here: http://www.naswil.org/images/uploads/documents/Press_Release_-_Northeastern_District_-_Lifetime_Achievement__Nancy_Morgan_.pdf

Aruna Mathur (University of Illinois at Springfield) is being honored as the 2013 Public Citizen of the Year for the National Association of Social Workers Illinois (NASW IL) West Central District. Press release: http://www.naswil.org/images/uploads/documents/Press_Release_-_West_Central_District_-_Public_Citizen_of_the_Year__Aruna_Mathur_.pdf.

Karen Haggard (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW) is being honored as the 2013 Social Worker of the Year for the National Association of Social Workers Illinois (NASW IL) Jane Addams District.  Press release at http://www.naswil.org/images/uploads/documents/Press_Release_-_Jane_Addams_District_-Social_Worker_of_the_Year__Karen_Haggard_.pdf

D. Frank Elam (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW) is being honored as the 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardee for the National Association of Social Workers Illinois (NASW IL) Calumet District.  Press release at http://www.naswil.org/images/uploads/documents/Press_Release_-_Calumet_District_-_Lifetime_Achievement__D_Frank_Elam_.pdf

The awards ceremony for the Jane Addams District will take place on March 7, 2013. For more information about the event, contact Jane Addams District Chair Sheryl Frye at jaddams@naswil.org. To learn more about the awardees and the other individuals being honored during National Social Work Month, please visit the NASW Illinois Chapter website (www.naswil.org) or contact Nina Nguyen at nnguyen@naswil.org.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 150,000 members and over 7,000 in Illinois alone. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

 

 

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