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CTU President Karen Lewis Honored as Public Citizen of the Year by Social Work Association

by ctu communications  |  03/01/2013

ILLUSTRATION: Ferst School quiltCHICAGO—Chicago Teachers Union President Karen GJ Lewis will be honored as the Public Citizen of the Year by the Chicago District of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter at a ceremony and luncheon Tuesday, March 5. The Public Citizen of the Year award is given to a non-social worker who exemplifies the social work profession with outstanding service to individuals served by social workers; reflects the highest ethical standards in his/her field of endeavor; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services; and advocates for and contributes to the public’s awareness of social problems.

March 4-9, 2013, is School Social Worker Week. 

“Many children in Chicago are subject to severe trauma in their daily lives, so the need for social workers in our schools is extremely important,” Lewis said. “The lack of resources in our district has severe consequences, so increased support and services will always be something that we advocate for as a union.”

The Award Ceremony and Luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. at the NASW offices, 404 S. Wells St., 4th Floor, Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.

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