PORT KENT - A Port Kent woman has been honored for her support of Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood.
Dr. Lynda Ames received the Volunteer of the Year Award during a breakfast held by the nonprofit organization at The Burgundy Room Dec. 16.
Ames was honored for more than 10 years of being a "friend and supporter" of Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood. She was credited for working with the organization's Sexual Assault Services programs as an administrator of a grant to reduce sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
This year, Ames was credited for undertaking "one of the most important roles at Planned Parenthood," becoming a patient escort.
In the citation prepared by Martha E. Stahl, NAPP's director of external affairs, Ames was applauded for ensuring the safety of those receiving services at the center.
"She ensures that patients are able to enter the center as comfortably and safely as possible given the increasing anti-choice presence outside our front door," stated Stahl. "Not only has Lynda stood at the front lines, she has restructured the role escorts play."
Ames' redesigning of NAPP's recording process for protester activity has "created a critical reporting link between our team of volunteer escorts and NAPP staff," said Stahl.
"Instead of completing reports when unusual activity occurs, we can now track this activity on a weekly basis," she stated. "By reviewing her records, we are able to understand when new picketers are present and what new behaviors are occurring over time. This means that we respond more quickly and accurately to anti-choice behaviors that represent an increased risk for our patients, staff, and community members."
Stahl noted Ames' attention to detail and careful reporting has increased NAPP's security, which she called "an unfortunate but important component of the work we do."
"With her kind and calming nature, Lynda is a welcoming and strong presence, and we are proud to have her join with us in protecting access for the men, women, and teens of the North Country," Stahl said.
In addition to Ames, NAPP honored Karen Case of Plattsburgh with the Cyndi Topnick Pink Boa Award and Harold Brohinsky, also of Plattsburgh, with the Voice for Choice Award. Case was honored for her work as a nurse midwife; Brohinsky was recognized for writing a twice-monthly pro-choice column for the Press-Republican for six years.