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February 28, 2014 Published in Schools, Top Stories

Charles Barrett’s Ana Bonilla-Galdamez Named Virginia Social Worker Of The Year

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez, recipient of the 2014 Social Worker of the Year Award (Courtesy photo)

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez, recipient of the 2014 Social Worker of the Year Award (Courtesy photo)

Congratulations to Ana Bonilla-Galdamez, recipient of the 2014 Social Worker of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers Virginia (NASWVA) Chapter. NASWVA presents the prestigious honor to only one individual annually. Bonilla-Galdamez is a school social worker at Charles Barrett Elementary School.

“Ana demonstrates strong skills and knowledge, but most of all commitment to the clients she serves,” said NASWVA Chief Executive Officer Debra Riggs. “We, as the professional association representing more than 3,000 degreed social workers in the state, are honored and proud to have such representation amongst our ranks. Ana is truly the ultimate professional.”

“Ms. Bonilla-Galdamez is so deserving of this honor. She works tirelessly, with boundless enthusiasm, to support our students and their families each day,” said Charles Barrett Principal Seth Kennard. “She has created support groups for parents, as well as a mentoring program pairing students with police officers, fire fighters and teachers to serve the needs of our community. We are so lucky to have her and thrilled that her dedication to doing whatever it takes for our students and families is being recognized.”

“I am grateful, humbled and honored to be receiving this award. I have not made my journey alone; numerous people have supported me along the way,” Bonilla-Galdamez said. “I also work every day with dedicated teachers and staff who inspire me. I consider it a privilege to assist families and children to achieve their potential. While awards are wonderful to receive, just knowing that I have made an impact in somebody’s life while helping them in their journey to change is truly rewarding enough.”

“I am one of those fortunate people who goes home knowing that I make a difference in my community by being a social worker. My greatest reward is being surrounded by children that inspire me. This award reaffirms my commitment and mission as a social worker.”

NASW is the largest professional association for social workers in the nation, representing 145,000 degreed social workers, and more than 3,000 in Virginia alone. The association represents its members by advocating for them and their clients.

Bonilla-Galdamez will receive her award at NASWVA’s annual conference luncheon on Saturday, March 29, at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg.

“We are very proud of Ana,” said Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “Thank you to NASWVA for the recognition of her hard work on behalf of our students and families.”

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