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Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement Partners

Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement Partners

The Bonner Center for Service and Learning at Oberlin College honored GRC Deputy Warden Jennifer Gillece and Case Manager Cynthia Williams at an awards luncheon. They were given awards from the Bonner Center as this year's Outstanding Community Engagement Partners for their support for the Oberlin Music and Grafton (OMAG) and Oberlin Drama at Grafton (ODAG) volunteer programs. Both leaders were nominated for the awards by Professor Jody Kerchner, who directs OMAG.  Phyllis Gorfain, director of ODAG, also attended the Awards Luncheon honoring Ms. Gillece and Ms. Williams.  OMAG had its first class in November of 2015 and have had a total of 25 participants involved. They have organized 8 events and concerts to date. WVIZ/PBS also aired a segment on radio and television in March 2017 to showcase the program http://wviz.ideastream.org/news/oberlin-music-at-grafton-correctional-institution-mens-choir. ODAG began in 2012, with a total of 55 participants members. The program has produced 10 plays including Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Othello, and Julius Caesar. “The partnership with Oberlin College serves as a significant therapeutic intervention that enhances the effectiveness of the evidence based practices that impact the residents at the Grafton Reintegration Center. Pro-social activities, such as drama (ODAG) and choir (OMAG) are instrumental in rehabilitation. I look forward to the continued growth of these partnerships in meeting our departmental mission, ” states Deputy Warden Gillece.



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