Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright's 3rd Annual Awards

Roosevelt Islanders Shine As "Women of Distinction"

Peter McCarthy
A.M. Seawright with Women of Distinction, Class of 2017
A.M. Seawright with Women of Distinction, Class of 2017

Roosevelt Island women weighed heavily on the scale of achievement at State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright's 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Awards.

Timed for Women's History Month and, this year, in sync with the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the U.S., the award celebrated the recipients' commitment to "making our community a better place."

Said Seawright, “Celebrating Women’s History Month is not just about honoring women who came before us, it is about reminding ourselves of the heroines who inspired us by using their courage, their spirit, and their accomplishments as motivation to keep fighting for our rights"

Among those honored was Joyce Short, probably best known locally as Site Director for the New York Junior Tennis League. Less visibly, Short also pulled together the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition at a critical early moment that allowed the group to move forward as a unified force in negotiations with Cornell Tech. She is also active with the Residents' Association Common Council.

Also recognized for their work with the Coalition were Linda Heimer, Judy Buck and Sherie Helstien. Helstien has also volunteered long hours as a leader for the Common Council and, recently, the Senior Association. Fellow recipient and Senior Association leader Barbara Parker finds time to serve Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance as Board Member, teacher and occasional performer.

Eva Bosbach, also a member of the Coalition and a former Common Council Member, is best known for coordinating the Parents' Network, a group with the community's most inclusive outreach, as it grew to over 600 members. Joining her in the group of honorees was the Louella Streitz, founder and coordinator of DASH, a free service of support to homebound seniors and others with disabilities.

“We have to stop thinking of history as a closed book, a story with an end, because as women, our story is not nearly over. There are exciting new chapters still to be written,” Seawright reminded her honorees and others attending the event.

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