A Perth Amboy emerging artist and former WIC beneficiary presented a painting last week that was completed to commemorate Enid Blank, the late VNA Health Group nutritionist who had indelibly impacted her life more than 30 years ago. Jacqueline Baker unveiled the painting at a ceremony held at our WIC Office in Perth Amboy. Perth Amboy Mayor, Wilda Diaz attended the ceremony and presented Baker with a Mayoral Citation in recognition of the painting and mural. Baker said she was moved to complete the painting and mural after she discovered last year that Blank had passed away in 2013.
“I was thinking about the tough times in my life and recalled how Enid helped me when I needed a helping hand,” said Baker. “I called VNA Health Group to ask about her and they told me she has passed away. I was sad, but got inspired by what I remembered about her smile and how she would always say, ‘it’s going to be all right’ and I just started painting.”
Blank, who earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Columbia University, worked at VNA Health Group as a nutritionist for sixteen years until her retirement in 2002.
We are so proud to announce that a recent graduate of the 2015 class from Asbury Park High School, Tyrone Harmon Jr., has not only graduated as valedictorian, but is also the recipient of the Junior Achievement High School Heroes Scholarship of $2,500.
“This SPOT program is famous in our school,” said Tyrone. “The staff is so welcoming and there are always different activities going on during and after school, like jeopardy, movie nights, job-shadowing and volunteer opportunities with soup kitchens. A lot of students aspire to be in the program.”
The SPOT program provided students the opportunity to apply for the Junior Achievement High School Heroes Scholarship of $2,500, by submitting letters of recommendation, transcript, application form and essay to the panel. After jumping on the opportunity to apply, Tyrone met one of the panel members, who was immediately impressed with his passion and drive. A few weeks later Tyrone was awarded the scholarship.
Tyrone will attend Hofstra University in Long Island, New York in the Fall of 2015 as a Computer Engineering student. Unlike most teenagers who are spending their summer vacations relaxing, Tyrone is studying all of his college textbooks in advance to be as prepared as possible for his classes. Additionally, after his exposure to the arts in the SPOT, Tyrone plans to join an acapella and theater group offered at the University.
Our WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program hosted a Mural Painting Event with local artist and former WIC beneficiary Jacqueline Baker, for children and families who are receivers of the program. Held at our Perth Amboy, New Jersey WIC Office, the mural honored the late Enid Blank, a WIC nutritionist who provided care and guidance to Jacqueline more than thirty years ago.
“Enid and the entire WIC program consistently went above and beyond to provide me with the care I needed and encouraged me in ways that have lasted a lifetime,” said Jacqueline. A formal ceremony will be held later this summer, where Jacqueline will present the mural and an additional painting in commemoration of Ms. Blank.
VNA Health Group announced five recipients of the 2015 Mary Ann Christopher (MAC) Nursing Leadership Scholarship and the 2015 Violet A. Yurowski Nursing Scholarship, which were awarded during our series of state-wide National Nurses Week celebrations in May.
The Mary Ann Christopher Nursing Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified BSN nursing students interested in pursuing a career in nursing. Scholarship recipients included the following high school seniors who are set to graduate this Spring: Sam August MacPherson, Allison Kristine Reynolds, and Kaitlin Marie Rodgers.
The Violet A. Yurowski Nursing Scholarship, offered to Brookdale Community College nursing students who are studying to become registered nurses, was established in honor of the family’s high regard for the education provided to their son by the institution and in commemoration of the care provided to Violet Yurowski by VNA Health Group. Scholarship recipients included Michelle McDonald, LPN and Jodie Elizabeth Nolte.
“The pursuit of a career in nursing takes courage, passion and wisdom and we are honored to support these five extraordinary students as they take their next towards an immensely rewarding career,” said Ellen Gusick, Chief Nursing Officer at VNA Health Group. “These scholarship programs are critical to the education of our future nurses and we wish our recipients the best of luck on their journey