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2012 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Awards

Nina Nguyen, NASW Illinois Chapter Manager, Membership and Communication 

Congratulations to this year’s 2012 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Award winners! This year’s awardees were selected from the pool of nominees received for the chapter district awards (View district award winners here). The individuals below were selected by the chapter awards committee as people whose work in their professional and personal life have worked to uphold basic tenets of the social work profession—giving voice to those who are without voices. An awards ceremony will be held later this fall to honor this year’s statewide award winners. Congratulations to this year’s winners! 


Public Citizen of the Year: Jeffrey B. Ford, JD (East Central District) 
Jeffrey B. Ford (JD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) was sworn in as judge on July 1, 1985, after eight-and-a-half years in the state’s attorney’s office and in private practice. In 1994, he was awarded the State of Illinois Outstanding Support Person by MADD. In 2010, the Illinois Traffic Safety Leaders presented Judge Ford with the Joanne Blair Award for exemplary leadership in the area of traffic safety in Illinois. The Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois recognized him as a Distinguished Alumni at its graduation in May 2011.


Social Worker of the Year: Lynn Cadmus, AM (Jane Addams District)
Lynn Cadmus (AM, University of Chicago) has worked as therapist at Family Counseling Services in Rockford for nearly twenty-three years. Subsequently, she accepted a position at Janet Wattles Center (JWC) as therapist, and sixteen months accepted her current position as Trauma Therapist with the Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP). TIP Court is Winnebago County’s mental health court, and Rosecrance Ware Center (formerly JWC) staffs the mental health part of the team.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Warren Heinke, MSSW, LCSW, ACSW (Jane Addams District)
Warren Heinke (MSSW; University of Wisconsin-Madison; LCSW, ACSW) assumed his first position in 1970 as a social worker and, later, supervisor with a Wisconsin direct services agency doing foster care, treatment foster care, and adoptions.  He became Regional Director of the Northern Region of Children's Home + Aid (Rockford, IL) in July 1982.  Program development was his special niche, and he expanded the region from a staff of 5 to 94 until his retirement in October 2009 as Regional VP.  He traveled with International Activities Network exchanges to Birmingham, England, and Hamburg, Germany, and People-to-People NASW trip to Soviet Union. He has been a member of NASW since 1971.

Posted on 06/01/12 at 10:10 AM


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