Rochester, N.Y-The Executive Board of the Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce that they have selected both Hilda Rosario Escher of Ibero, and James Norman of Action for a Better Community, to receive their 2018 W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at the 14th Annual Human Services Worker of the Year luncheon on November 2, 2018 at the Joseph Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.


Previous Lifetime Achievement honorees have included among others: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Sheriff Andrew Meloni, Garth Fagan, Mayor William Johnson and NYS Lt. Governor Robert Duffy. The 2017 honoree was Mary Whittier of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.


Hilda Rosario Escher will be leaving her position as the President and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League at the end of this year. She had previously served as Ibero’s Director of Day Care Services, Director of Foster Care Services and Director of Developmental Disability Services. Escher's professional accomplishments also include: growing the division for developmental Disabilities from a $350,000 budget to $7 million, launching the First Upstate 24hr Latino Radio Station and increasing scholarship opportunities for high school students from 8 to 86.


James Norman retired as CEO of Action for A Better Community in February of this year, after serving 25 years in that position. During his tenure and under his leadership, ABC greatly expanded and improved the programs and services it offers to the Rochester community. He remains actively involved as a volunteer with several local organizations.


“We are very proud to be honoring Hilda Rosario Escher and James Norman for their extraordinary careers in human service. They have both been incredible contributors to our community and are extremely deserving recipients of these awards.", said Federation president Kendall Bell.


With this announcement, the Federation will also begin accepting nominations from the community for a variety of human service awards for both individuals and organizations. An online nomination form, which includes a complete list of awards and categories for the 2018 Human Services event, is available at


About the Federation of Social Workers:

For more than 50 years, the Monroe County Federation of Social Workers IUE-CWA Local 81381 has represented social workers, caseworkers, examiners, child care workers, investigators and child support examiners, as well as seniors and supervisors in those titles, who are employed by Monroe County at the Department of Human Services, Monroe Community Hospital, the Child Support Enforcement Unit and the Children's Center.  The Monroe County Federation of Social Workers is located at 740 Driving Park Avenue, Suite A, Rochester, NY 14613. The Federation was founded in 1959 and currently has more than 900 members.

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