BOSTON- State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) was named 2011 Senator of the Year last night by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers PACE Committee (NASW-PACE) for his leadership on issues of importance to the social work community, including efforts to reduce poverty, raise progressive revenue, and professional development for social workers.
Also receiving awards were State Representative Carl Sciortino (D-Medford), who was named the House Legislator of the Year, Christie Getto Young, Policy and Budget Director for Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), who was named Senate Staffer of the Year, and Jenny Nathans, a staff member for the Health Care Financing Committee.
“NASW MA PACE is thrilled to honor social works’ greatest champions in the State House, Senator Jamie Eldridge and Representative Carl Sciortino. Senator Eldridge’s work on the Asset Development Commission to reduce poverty and homelessness and his unyielding leadership in support of social work professional issues like Loan Forgiveness for social workers working in the areas of highest need — amongst other critically important issues to social workers — make him a perfect fit for this award,” said Rebekah Gewirtz, Director of Government Relations and Political Action at NASW MA Chapter.
“NASW PACE is an organization that works incredibly hard to promote social and economic justice for everyone in our Commonwealth, and I’m honored to receive this award,” said Senator Eldridge. “NASW sees the underlying connections between a wide variety of issues, and whether it’s advocating for funding for crucial social safety net programs, universal health care, fair working conditions and wages, or equal rights for everyone in our society, including immigrants and transgender individuals, NASW is always a strong, reliable partner in the fight for progressive change.”
The NASW MA Chapter’s mission is to advance social work practice and to promote human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for all. The PACE Committee endorses candidates that support that mission and proposed legislation.