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Advocate of the Year is Posthumously Awarded to Aging Advocate

Friday, February 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/14/2020
Contact: Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation, 919-828-9650, kcastillo.naswnc@socialworkers.org

 

Advocate of the Year is Posthumously Awarded to Aging Advocate

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) is proud to posthumously honor Blair Barton-Percival, MSW with the 2020 NASW-NC Myrna Miller Wellons Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Barton-Percival was selected for this award by the NASW-NC Legislative Committee due to his passion and advocacy when working with seniors and aging adults.

 

Throughout his life, Blair remained committed to promoting the values of the social work profession and worked tirelessly to promote better care for seniors and aging adults. Blair received his BSW from Cornell University and his MSW and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Blair was a member of several professional boards and committees, including: the North Carolina Association of Area Agencies on Aging (nc4a), the board of the North Carolina Health Information and Communications Alliance, as a delegate for North Carolina on the Board of the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A), and as an alternate for Region IV on the Board of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

 

In regard to his involvement with the NASW, Blair was a devoted member of our association for twenty-one years. Until his death, he served as a board member of the National Association of Social Workers Political Action Committee (an appointed position at our national office). At the state chapter, he served on our Political Action for Candidate Election and Legislative Committees. As a member of these committees, he was instrumental in fiercely advocating for those who are vulnerable of being overlooked and outcast from society. Blair was not afraid to approach new ideas and support new initiatives to help achieve greater outcomes. His sense of humor was admired by many in his approach to helping others.

 

The 2020 NASW-NC Myrna Miller Wellons Advocate of the Year Award will be presented to his wife, Rachel Cannon Percival at the NASW-NC Social Work Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.


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