Brooklyn Women of Distinction

Lauding ladies! We toast boro’s best and brightest females at 2018 Women of Distinction gala

Photo Galleries: Courier Life Publications and Community News Group honored 26 of the borough’s most worthy women at a May 31 awards gala at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights, celebrating of our Brooklyn Women of Distinction, class of 2018. Comments (1)

S. J. Avery

Perspective: When city and state agencies tell S.J. Avery “No,” she hears the words “Not yet.” Comment

Ruchama Bistritzky-Clapman

Perspective: Talking about drug abuse and mental health issues in Brooklyn’s Jewish community was a taboo subject — until Ruchama Bistritzky-Clapman came along. Comment

Rolanda Telesford

Perspective: Rolanda Telesford is a survivor — she was a teenage mom, and was once homeless — but today she is director of Outreach and External Relations for the YWCA. Comment

Nicole Favours

Perspective: Brooklyn native Nicole Favours wants to change the way the borough’s kids think about guns. Comment

Monique Waterman

Perspective: Monique Waterman wasn’t familiar with the term “conflict resolution” when she was 11 years old, but that’s when she began practicing it. Comment

Mitzie Holstein

Perspective: Teacher, poet, and spiritual leader Mitzie Holstein is all about positivity. Comment

Michelle R. Gall

Perspective: When Michelle Gall was growing up in Clinton Hill, she was a straight-A student in math and science — but she says she was never taught how to apply those skills to earn a living. Comment

Lucina Clarke

Perspective: Lucina Clarke wants to make sure that parents of children with autism never feel like they don’t have anyone to turn to. Along with her husband, she is the co-founder of My Time Inc., a support center in Canarsie that specializes in uplifting parents who are raising kids with developmental disabilities. Comment

Lisette Sosa-Dickson

Perspective: Lisette Sosa-Dickson is the voice of the Spanish-speaking elderly community. Comment

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