CCP honors the successful six

— They come from all walks of life — a flor­ist, a teach­er, a politi­cian, a rabbi, a fit­ness cen­ter dir­ect­or, a stu­dent — and they're all out­stand­ing.

From left, stand­ing, Rabbi Jean Claude Klein, Samuel McAninch, State Rep. Kev­in J. Boyle, and Pres­id­ent Steph­en M. Curtis. Seated, from left, Paula Green, Sally Dan­cui, and Bettyann Creighton. (Den­nis Gin­gill/Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia)


Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia’s North­east Re­gion­al Cen­ter last week honored six in­di­vidu­als at its 13th an­nu­al Dis­tin­guished Lead­er­ship Awards ce­re­mony.

The May 1 ce­re­mony took place at CCP’s re­gion­al cen­ter at 12901 Town­send Road. The cen­ter opened in 1994 and un­der­went an ex­pan­sion in 2010.

The awards are giv­en for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to high­er edu­ca­tion in the North­east.

Steph­en M. Curtis, CCP’s long­time pres­id­ent, honored the fol­low­ing re­cip­i­ents: Sally Dan­ciu (busi­ness), Bettyann Creighton (edu­ca­tion), Kev­in Boyle (pub­lic of­fi­cial), Jean Claude Klein (faith-based), Paula Green (com­munity ser­vice) and Samuel McAninch (youth). They were re­cog­nized for achieve­ment and com­mit­ment to their com­munity.

Among those in at­tend­ance were mem­bers of the North­east Re­gion­al Cen­ter ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee.

Here is some back­ground on the win­ners:

• Dan­ciu owns Sally’s Flowers, loc­ated at 7944 Ox­ford Ave. in Fox Chase. The shop opened in 1977. She is a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of Amer­ic­an Flor­ists, Pennsylvania Flor­al In­dustry As­so­ci­ation and the Delaware Val­ley Flor­ist As­so­ci­ation. She’s also past pres­id­ent of the Chel­ten­ham-Rockledge Club and a mem­ber of Rotary In­ter­na­tion­al, the Jeanes Hos­pit­al Ad­vis­ory Board, Rockledge-Fox Chase Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation and the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce and its Found­a­tion board. She re­ceived the 2007 Lead­er­ship Award from the cham­ber for lead­er­ship, par­ti­cip­a­tion and com­mit­ment to the group and com­munity. Her shop is a drop-off site for the nearby Me­mori­al Pres­by­teri­an Church of Fox Chase’s Food for Hope food bank.

• Creighton, of Fox Chase, has been dir­ect­or of health, safety and phys­ic­al edu­ca­tion for the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia since 1999. A Frank­ford High School gradu­ate, she has a health and phys­ic­al edu­ca­tion de­gree from East Strouds­burg Uni­versity and a su­per­vis­ory cer­ti­fic­ate in health and phys­ic­al edu­ca­tion from Temple. She’s worked for the dis­trict for 38 years and has been an ad­junct pro­fess­or at Temple Uni­versity since 2006. She co­ordin­ates anti-bul­ly­ing pro­grams and ef­forts to re­duce Type 2 Dia­betes. She’s a mem­ber of the Phil­adelphia Coaches As­so­ci­ation, the Amer­ic­an Red Cross Ser­vice De­liv­ery Board and the Amer­ic­an Al­li­ance for Health, Phys­ic­al Edu­ca­tion, Re­cre­ation and Dance. She’s a Red Cross dis­aster vo­lun­teer and part of the school dis­trict’s dragon boat team. In 2011, she won the Pennsylvania Youth De­vel­op­ment Af­ter­school Cham­pi­on and Phil­adelphia Coaches Ad­min­is­trat­or awards.

• Boyle is in his first term rep­res­ent­ing the 172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict after serving as le­gis­lat­ive dir­ect­or for City Coun­cil­man Bill Green­lee. He is a mem­ber of the House Fin­ance, Health, Hu­man Ser­vices, Policy and Urb­an Af­fairs com­mit­tees and is Demo­crat­ic sec­ret­ary of the Fin­ance Com­mit­tee. He’s in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion that would amend laws on re­port­ing child ab­use. An­oth­er fo­cus has been ab­sent­ee land­lords. He’s a gradu­ate of Car­din­al Dougherty High School. He has a polit­ic­al sci­ence de­gree from La Salle Uni­versity and a mas­ter’s in edu­ca­tion policy from Har­vard.

• Klein, born in Par­is to par­ents who sur­vived the Holo­caust and raised in Montreal, has been a rabbi at the Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im in Bustleton since 2008. He pre­vi­ously served at Mount Free­dom Jew­ish Cen­ter in Ran­dolph, N.J. He has a mas­ter’s de­gree in coun­sel­ing psy­cho­logy and a doc­tor­ate of psy­cho­logy. He has taught gradu­ate courses for sev­er­al uni­versit­ies and was a vis­it­ing pro­fess­or at the In­sti­tute for Tra­di­tion­al Juda­ism. He is a board mem­ber of the Uni­on for Tra­di­tion­al Juda­ism and dir­ect­or for the Mor­ashah, the Uni­on’s rab­bin­ic­al fel­low­ship. Oth­er Shaare Shamay­im win­ners over the years have been ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or Jacques Lurie and mem­bers Ruth Hor­witz and Josh Mar­cu. Lurie and Hor­witz were in at­tend­ance last week.

• Green has worked at the North­east Fam­ily YMCA for 26 years and spent 12 years as ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or. She su­per­vises 18 full-time and 121 part-time in­di­vidu­als. She has seen the fa­cil­ity through three ma­jor renov­a­tion pro­jects, which has res­ul­ted in an ex­pan­sion of 20,000 square feet. The North­east Fam­ily YMCA was named 2011 Non­profit of the Year by CCP’s Cen­ter for Small Busi­ness Edu­ca­tion, Growth and Train­ing.

• McAninch is a seni­or at Swen­son Arts and Tech­no­logy High School. He is a mem­ber of the Na­tion­al Tech­nic­al Hon­or So­ci­ety and second com­mand­er in the school’s ROTC pro­gram. He has par­ti­cip­ated in a Christ­mas pro­gram at a nurs­ing home, Me­mori­al Day parades and Vet­er­ans Day ce­re­mon­ies at the Delaware Val­ley Vet­er­ans Home. In past sum­mers, he has at­ten­ded the Camp Odys­sey Lead­er­ship Pro­gram and the Val­ley Forge Free­dom Cen­ter Camp. This sum­mer, he will at­tend the early com­mis­sion­ing pro­gram at Val­ley Forge Mil­it­ary Col­lege. He’ll study crim­in­al justice. CCP gave him a free three-cred­it course.

CCP held sim­il­ar ce­re­mon­ies at its North­w­est Re­gion­al Cen­ter in Lo­gan on May 2 and at its West Re­gion­al Cen­ter in West Phil­adelphia on May 3. ••


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