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Two community leaders honored with annual Minnie Gillette/Joan Bozer Recognition Award

Thursday, May 02, 2013

BUFFALO — Two local leaders—Erie Community College’s Lynette Meslinsky and the Buffalo Urban League’s Brenda McDuffie—were honored for their community-focused passion and perseverance at the 18th annual Minnie Gillette/Joan Bozer Recognition Award luncheon, held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 inside the picturesque Statler Dining Room at ECC’s City Campus.

“It’s a pleasure to honor these two women for their tremendous leadership,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “They’re a testament to what commitment looks like, and we’re proud to have them in our communities.”

McDuffie, President and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, received her award from Mary Beard, ECC’s assistant academic dean at North Campus. Meslinsky, a mathematics professor and college senate chair for ECC, accepted her honor from colleague Dr. Eleanor Paterson, who serves as program director of ECC's Bilingual Program/ESL Student Support Center.

The Gillette-Bozer Award celebrates the compassion, perseverance and dedication to the needs of women and children, as demonstrated by the careers of Gillette and Bozer. Award winners have demonstrated leadership in activities contributing to the empowerment of women; the ability to persevere in the achievement of goals despite obstacles; the ability to unite people despite differences in race, political orientation or economic status; and the ability to serve as a role model to others.


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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