PRESS RELEASES & AWARDS
Faces of Faith: Working and walking for peace
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Jewish family opens home to Palestinian teen
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Click HERE to read the article that appeared in the Times Union 3/6/2010.
Click HERE to read the article that appeared in the Daily Gazette 2/18/2008.
Daily Gazette Schenectady, NY March 12, 2006 "Many small businesses in the Capital Region have come to depend on international clients and customers to make ends meet. With Internet marketing and international free trade agreements becoming more commonplace, the business world is shrinking" - Click the link to read the article at www.dailygazette.com
Albany, NY March 13, 2005 "Making sure words don't get in the way" - Click the link to read the article at www.timeunion.com
Binnekill December 11,2000 "SCCC and Chinese Students Connect During Interactive English Course" p.1- Click image to Download the Article.
Community College Week February 19, 2001 "Schenectady, China Connect" p. 6 - Click image to Download the Article.
Capital District Business Review Albany, NY June 7, 1999 "Top Trainers," p. 38. - Click image to link to Capital District Business Review.
Daily Gazette Schenectady, NY December 29, 2000 "Internet Links Teacher, Students," p. B1.
Daily Gazette Schenectady, NY January 23, 2001 "Steady Growth for Trade Center," p. B2.
TESOL Matters Alexandria, VA, Autumn 1999, "Awards".
OUTSTANDING TRAINER AWARD
Barbara Dworkin, President of EnglishPerfect, received the first annual Outstanding Entrepreneurial Trainer of the Year Award from the Hudson-Mohawk American Society of Training and Development in May 1999. Ms. Dworkin was recognized for her innovative programs designed to resolve business problems for local, national and international firms. In addition, she was recognized for the volunteer community service work she has done during the past 12 years with Russian immigrants in the Capital District area. In addition to assisting these New Americans with accessing social and medical services, apartments, learning "survival" English, and preparing them for citizenship exams, she assisted immigrants with job placement in their new country.
"Voices That Challenge" Award presented by The Interfaith Alliance of NY State
This award was created to honor those men and women, "movers and shakers," who use their voices to challenge all of us to be a force for good and to bring about change that will promote peace and harmony.
Barbara Dworkin, President of EnglishPerfect, received the "Voices that Challenge" Award from The Interfaith Allliance of New York State on May 5, 2012 at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville. She received the award in recognition of her local and global community efforts.Barbara's activist nature was first apparent at age 14 when she began to demonstrate for and write letters on behalf of political refugees in the former Soviet Union. Glasnost led to a large influx of Russian refugees in the Capital District and she was a full-time resettlement volunteer for Jewish Family Services for many years. She continues to teach U.S. citizenship classes for Russian senior citizens as part of the Washington Irving Education Center in Schenectady.
Barbara has travelled to Israel numerous times with her husband, Paul, and during these trips, has made it a point to visit Palestinian friends in the West Bank. Together they have visited peace projects on both sides of "the fence" and have pursued avenues to promote a comprehensive peace, justice and a two-state solution in the Middle East. Barbara is the Co-President of JStreet Albany/Capital District. J Street supports diplomatic solutions over military ones, including in Iran; multilateral over unilateral approaches to conflict resolution; and dialogue over confrontation with a wide range of countries and actors when conflicts do arise. Barbara is the president-elect for SAFE, Inc. in Schenectady, a unique haven for runaway, homeless youth who are at risk for sexual exploitation. SAFE, Inc. provides shelter, treatment, and referral services through a temporary shelter and an outpatient treatment program.Barbara is on the steering committee of the Schenectady Working Group for Girls, The purpose of the organization, which functions under the auspices of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County, is to teach middle-school girls how to make positive choices, build and maintain healthy relationships and live healthy life styles.
Barbara has been an active member of the NYS Interfaith Alliance Board for several years. She authored an online manual entitled, "Treating Patients of Other Religions and Ethnicities: A Guide for Health Care Professionals", which is an overview of various religions and cultures within the United States and a guide to effectively address specific medical issues concerning patient care.