Senator Betty Little nominated Sister Debbie for the recognition, citing her many years of humanitarian outreach to the people of Nicaragua. Since the founding of the mission in 1998, more than 1,300 volunteers have made 49 trips to Nicaragua, delivering food, medical supplies and clothing and building homes, classrooms, a library and community development center.
In addition to her mission work, Blow serves her community as a lector, Eucharistic minister and scripture teacher at St. Peter’s Parish in Plattsburgh. A former finance board member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna, she was a member of the Teacher Trainer and Religion Curriculum Committees of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
Blow is a founding member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.
The New York State Senate Women of Distinction program was created as part of the State’s celebration of Women’s History Month. In addition to recognizing present-day women, each March, the Senate hosts a display that honors other distinguished women from New York’s past.