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Carolyne DeFranco, CEO of our affiliated agency, Gateway-Longview, receives YWCA of the Niagara Fron

Carolyne DeFranco, CEO of our affiliated agency, Gateway-Longview, is this year’s Management Award winner given by the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier at their 2018 awards ceremony, “A Tribute to Women.” Carolyne was nominated by New Directions Board President, Christine Weeks, who also serves on the YWCA board.

Carolyne, the first woman CEO of Gateway-Longview in its 127 year history, and Christine have worked very closely over the past several years on the affiliation process between New Directions and Gateway-Longview and Christine felt that Carolyne’s determination, vision and outstanding personal character made her a natural selection for this award.

In Carolyne’s acceptance speech, she noted the vital role that her mother had played as a strong role model, and the tremendous support given to her by her family and friends.

“We are so fortunate to live in a time where kindness, compassion, authenticity, honesty, politeness and humility are now recognized as true leadership qualities,” she said, “and never forget that the next generation is watching.”

Joseph Gallagher, Chief Administrative Officer for New Directions was also on hand to join in this celebration of Carolyne’s achievements and to support all of the 2018 awards winners.

“It’s inspiring to hear the stories told by each of these women, and learn how they used their individual interests and talents to make the world a better place for those around them, “ Gallagher said.


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