Award winners are honored by Venango County Human Services

Venango County Human Services awards recipients who were recognized Wednesday include, from left, Yvonne Paranick, outstanding volunteer service; Anne Bakker, outstanding staff member and volunteer; Melissa Brown, personal achievement; Tammy Leone, outstanding staff member; Doris White, outstanding volunteer services; Justin Huff, personal achievement; and Peter Fitzpatrick, outstanding volunteer services. (By Richard Sayer)

Venango County Human Services held its annual awards ceremony Wednesday at the Rocky Grove fire hall.

This year’s award winners are:

— Children and Families Outstanding Professional Service: Liesel and David Biletnikoff

— Children/Families Outstanding Volunteer Service: Yvonne Paranick

— Children/Families Outstanding Staff Member and Volunteer: Anne Bakker

— Emerging Adult Personal Achievement Award: Melissa Brown

— Adult Outstanding Staff Member: Tammy Leone

— Adult Personal Achievement Award: Justin Huff

— Older Adult Outstanding Volunteer Service: Doris White

— Older Adult Outstanding Volunteer Service: Peter Fitzpatrick.

Two additional awards were given this year for going above and beyond for the benefit of individuals in less fortunate circumstances.

The Community Collaboration Partnership Award was given to Oil City fire, police and code enforcement personnel for their efforts to ensure safe housing for two area older adults.

Tammy Aylesworth, former director of the Regional Counseling Center, was recognized for her lifetime achievement in the area of mental health.

The day began with a resource fair showcasing 40 area agencies that provided information about programs and services designed to meet the needs of Venango County residents.

Marie Plumer, deputy human service administrator, acknowledged service providers in attendance, and Kim Woods, the human service administrator, recognized board members and staff.