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Namedropper 12/30/2018

December 30, 2018 GMT

High notes

Sonya Sarner of Catholic Social Servicesreceived the Health, Hope and Wholeness Hero Award.

Sarner, the program manager for refugees and immigration services, was chosen by her peers from the state department, other human service agencies and regional medical providers to receive the honor that recognizes outstanding achievement for ongoing work to improve access to culturally competent care through the sharing of time, information and resources.

Sarner consistently acts as an advocate for the refugee community, increasing awareness of and responsiveness to refugee health issues and works to remove barriers to equitable medical and/or behavioral health services, according to a release.


Sarner, of Spring Brook Twp., has worked for Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton for 14 years.

Super students

Abington Heights High School students recently worked with Outreach Center for Community Resources to decorate the center’s Christmas tree for the Lackawanna County Festival of Trees at the Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton.

The students, including Sean Sullivan, Clare Delavelle, Harrison Fedor and Jacob Weinberg, are members of the newly formed Friends of Outreach group, a multi-generational group that supports Outreach’s programs and mission. The group is open to anyone ages 15 to 101 (or older) and members participate full-time or on a per-project basis.

Anyone is welcome to join. For details, contact Outreach Director of Resource Development Kristin Cianfichi at kcian


Local graduate goes abroad

Yale University graduate and former Elmhurst resident Caitlin Dermody was awarded the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship.

Caitlin will attend Oxford University in England to earn her Master of Science in education with a focus on child development.

The daughter of George and Ellen Dermody of Elmhurst, Cailtin graduated cum laude with distinction from Yale and was awarded the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize and the Dean’s Prize.

She is a 2014 Scranton Prep graduate who volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at Calvin Hill Daycare, interned at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and was a research assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy. Those experiences shaped Caitlin’s research on systems of early childhood education and social and emotional learning.