The YWCA Darien/Norwalk will honor six local women who have made significant contributions to our community at the fourth Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards & Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The Women of Distinction Award is bestowed in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a select group of women who demonstrate the spirit of the YWCA’s brand vision to empower women. This year’s honorees are: Louise Parker Berry, Katie Farren (Young Woman of Distinction), Rita Ferri, Novelette Peterkin, Sueann Schorr, Ciara Thurlow and Babs White (distinguished service award). This is part one of these profiles. See part two next week.
Louise Parker Berry has served at the helm of the Darien Library for 34 years. During this time she has led the Darien Library to national and state recognition and championed the concept of “extreme service.” With no detail too small or unimportant, she has built a library experience that draws thousands of residents weekly and acclaim from around the world. She has served as a member of the American Library Association and been chairman of Association’s Committees on the Status of Women in Librarianship and on Professional Ethics. In addition, she served as chairman of the Connecticut Public Library Standards Task Force. Berry was the first female President of the Darien Rotary Club and the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Rotary’s highest award for service. “Louise’s exemplary efforts and merits have consistently proven her to be a ‘Woman of Distinction’. She is warm, approachable, admired and adored and is truly a first class example of a leader.,” Kerrie Kelly said.
More info: ywcadariennorwalk.org.