Our CEO Is A “Woman of Distinction”

Society President Fern Zagor accepts award from 2nd Chance International CEO Emmanuel Wheager

SIMHS President/CEO Fern A. Zagor received a “Woman of Distinction” Award from 2nd Chance International, at a ceremony at the Labetti Post on August 19.

Ms. Zagor was selected for the award to recognize and honor “The impacts of her tireless and longstanding work in the community and the positive effects of her work on those who live in our neighborhoods and around the world,” according to the organization’s founder and CEO Emmanuel R. Wheagar.

She was honored with five other recipients: Carolyn Hardy Best, Dr. Phyllis Cureton, Rev. Maggie Howard; Louise Nixon, and Rev. Deddeh F. Quiwonkpa.

The Woman of Distinction Awards are a component of 2nd Chance International’s Women and Girls Empowerment Initiative, established in 2005 to identify and honor women who are making a significant difference in their respective communities and globally.

Ms. Zagor, who has been at the helm of the SIMHS for five years, is known throughout the Island and New York City and State for her service and leadership on several boards and organizations that represent vulnerable youth populations, including the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness and the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse initiative, which she founded. She also sits on the Board of the Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association and on the Steering Committee of the SI Alliance for North Shore Children and Families.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Zagor told guests that she is impressed with 2nd Chance International’s work to advance community goals and urged parents to “always fight for what is right. This is not a time for complacency, but a time to keep fighting against bigotry,” she said.