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Perkins Announces 2018 Recognition Day Honorees

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Doctor Franklin Perkins School will hold its annual Recognition Day Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of its students throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.  In addition, the following five individuals will be recognized for their contributions in the fields of education, public and community service, and service to the children and adult residents of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School:

  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Public Service – The Honorable Maura Healey, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Mr. Paul Richard, Executive Director of the SHINE Initiative
  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Community Service – Mr. Joseph Mulé, Library Director of the Thayer Memorial Public Library, Lancaster, MA
  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Education – Mrs. Cindy Wing, M.Ed., Perkins’ Director of Education
  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Students and Residents at Perkins – Joseph Howell, Perkins’ Program Director

The Honorable Maura Healey, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will receive Perkins’ 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Public Service.  The Attorney General’s leadership and advocacy efforts on behalf of children and in the area of education led to her selection for this honor.  “Attorney General Healey stands up for those who are typically underserved in our society.  As a committed advocate for children, she utilized her position and the resources of the Attorney General’s office to create a first-of-its-kind Child & Youth Protection Division that promotes the welfare of children and young people in Massachusetts and ensures that all children, including those with disabilities and other challenges, are provided the necessary resources to receive a fair and appropriate education.  We are tremendously grateful for Attorney General Healey’s commitment to children and their futures,” said Michael W. Ames, PhD., Perkins President and CEO.

Mr. Paul Richard, Executive Director of the SHINE Initiative, will also receive Perkins’ 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Public Service. Mr. Richard has been strong supporter of Perkins throughout his time with the SHINE Initiative and a valued partner in Perkins’ Partners in Mental Health Series for the past three years. The SHINE Initiative develops funding and strategic alliances to improve awareness and understanding of mental health issues, research and treatment. Mr. Richard is a dedicated public servant who is making a very real and important difference in the fight to break down barriers and reduce the stigma of mental health within our community.

Mr. Joseph Mulé, Library Director of the Thayer Memorial Public Library, will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Community Service in recognition of his 17 years of service to Lancaster. Mr. Mulé has been an asset to the community by creating access to knowledge through books and technology, and has created a welcoming environment for students of Perkins.  He has been a long-time Ambassador of the organization and a valued contributor to the lives of Perkins students and staff.

Mrs. Cindy Wing, M.Ed., Perkins’ Director of Education, will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Education. Mrs. Wing has been on staff at Perkins for nine years, three years in her current role. She oversees the Doctor Franklin Perkins School and is dedicated to providing quality education to each student who enters its doors.  Mrs. Wing is a valued member of Perkins’ Executive team and steadfast in her support of staff.  She empowers each member of her team to provide the very best experience they can for each student receiving education from Perkins.

Mr. Joseph Howell, Perkins’ Program Director, will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Students and Residents at Perkins. He has worked for Perkins for 13 years, rising through the ranks from direct care worker to his current leadership role.  Mr. Howell has an effusive and magnetic personality that he freely shares with colleagues and students alike.  He is not someone who stands on the sidelines, rather, he joins with students and supports them in being the best they can be. Perkins is proud to honor Mr. Howell with this award.