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Center for Safety and Change Executive (Formerly Rockland Family Shelter) Director Carolyn Fish and Board Member Cynthia Diamond to be Honored by Rockland Development Council at Annual Philanthropy Day Breakfast December 7, 2012
-- RDC Awards Executive Director Fish with Top Professional Honor While Board Member Diamond Honored as Outstanding Volunteer--
November 13, 2012—Center for Safety & Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter) Executive Director Carolyn Fish and longtime Board member Cynthia Diamond are among the 2012 honorees slated to be honored at the upcoming Philanthropy Day Awards presented by the Rockland Development Council on December 7th.
Ms. Fish, Executive Director of Center for Safety & Change, will receive the Outstanding Professional Award by the Council for her work as the Executive Director of Center for Safety & Change for over 30 years. Under Ms. Fish’s leadership, the (formerly) Rockland Family Shelter began as an emergency residential shelter and 24-hour hotline, and has developed as a model agency serving not only survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence but victims of all violent crimes. Today the Center offers direct service and prevention programs, including the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program, a community education program offering workshops to high schools in Rockland County around the dynamics of dating abuse and healthy relationships. In 2011, TDVPP conducted trainings and workshops to approximately 1,800 high school students in 8 high schools across the County.
Ms. Fish’s work to end violence against women, children and all under-represented groups has been recognized by numerous state and local organizations, including the Rockland County District Attorney’s office, the New York State Crime Victims Board, The Rockland County Bar Association, Mental Health and Police Chief’s Association of Rockland County as well as the Rockland County Legislature. She has served as co-President of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is included in the anthology: “Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975.”
Board member Cynthia Diamond, who will receive this year’s Outstanding Volunteer award, has also been involved in the Center from its early beginnings. A former elementary school teacher in the East Ramapo Central School District, Ms. Diamond began her involvement as a volunteer tutor for women in residence in the transitional housing program “The Haven.” Her tireless energy and the respect of her peers as a volunteer motivator, speaker, team leader and multi-taking problem solver earned her an invitation to join the Center’s Board, a position she has held since 1981.
Ms. Diamond currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Center’s annual fashion sale and The Rockland Road Runners Annual 5K Run, as well as Chair of the annual Linen Sale and Holiday Gift Wrap. As a member of the Fundraising Committee, Ms. Diamond has joined with fellow Board members to plan and conduct many other fundraising events for the Center. Her work as a volunteer leader and motivator has helped raise literally millions of dollars for the Center and has brought hundreds of new volunteers to the organization.
The Center for Safety & Change congratulates Carolyn Fish and Cynthia Diamond for their outstanding leadership and service and is pleased to honor them at the Philanthropy Day Breakfast which will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, New York on Friday, December 7th at 8:30a.m.
The Center for Safety and Change is located at 9 Johnsons Lane, New City, NY 10956. The 24-hour hotline number is: 845-634-3344.