PLATTSBURGH - Three local supporters of Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood were honored during a breakfast held by the nonprofit organization at The Burgundy Room Dec. 16.
The honorees were Karen Case of Plattsburgh, recipient of the Cyndi Topnick Pink Boa Award; Harold Brohinsky of Plattsburgh, Voice for Choice Award honoree; and Dr. Lynda Ames of Port Kent, winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Case was honored for her work as a nurse midwife. In the citation prepared by Martha E. Stahl, NAPP's director of external affairs, Case was applauded for advocating "for her patients' reproductive needs on a daily basis."
"Karen exemplifies calm in any situation and uses her intelligence and humor to educate and care for her families," said Stahl.
"I'm thrilled. Cyndi was a very dear friend, so to walk in her shoes is an honor," said Case.
Brohinsky was recognized for using community forums "to express support for pro-choice issues," most prominently by writing a twice-monthly pro-choice column for the Press-Republican for six years.
"Harold's progressive viewpoint on a broad range of topics, from free speech to defense [and] reproductive rights, was always refreshing," said Stahl.
"I was, of course, very surprised," said Brohinsky. "I feel like I should be here honoring the people working for Planned Parenthood instead."
Ames was honored for more than 10 years of being a "friend and supporter" of NAPP. 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.
"[Ames] 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."
"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 continued.
"Planned Parenthood does wonderful work and we all need to support them and to get this award is a surprise and an honor," said Ames.