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November 22, 2013

Crawford County's president judge honored with humanitarian service award

MEADVILLE — President Judge Anthony J. Vardaro of Crawford County Court of Common Pleas has been honored by Women’s Services Inc. with its Sheridan Award for humanitarian service to the community.

The award, presented in ceremonies recently in Courtroom No. 1, is given to an individual exemplifies an ethic of kindness, benevolence and empathy which is extended universally and impartially to all human beings regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, age, religion or nationality, according to Bruce Harlan, executive director of Women’s Services Inc.

The winner accepts others for who they are, works to educate others in order to allow the expansion of the human potential and abolish biased social and cultural prejudices, Harlan said. The recipient’s character is marked by enlightened values, devotion to human welfare, active compassion, and a strong commitment to social change and reform, Harlan said.

“I’m honored and surprised to receive the award,” Vardaro said in brief remarks. “I’m sure there are others more deserving of it. I have a lot of respect for Women’s Services. I appreciate it very much.”

The selection of Judge Vardaro was by unanimous consent of the board, staff and volunteers of Women’s Services, Harlan said.

Women’s Services Inc. of Meadville offers shelter and aid to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The award, presented to Vardaro, stated:

“We recognize your extension of fairness and impartiality to all who enter your courtroom. We appreciate the structure for behavior and conduct you bring to judicial proceedings. We know that you treat your office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system. We recognize and honor your professional ethics of integrity, trustworthiness, and personal accountability.”

About the award

Women’s Service’s Sheridan Award for humanitarian service to the community is named for Nancy Sheridan, a long-serving board member of Women’s Services who was given the first award four years ago.

Sheridan has served on the board continuously since 1983 and was a 42-year employee of Allegheny College, retiring in 2008. Sheridan worked as an academic counselor at Allegheny. As director of student support services, she worked with students who needed academic support. She also assisted students with special needs.

Other past recipients of the Sheridan Award are: Connie Graham, educational specialist for Women’s Services; and Lynn McUmber, executive director for CHAPS.

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