Kathleen Henderson, beloved Carroll Park Playground Associate, will be honored in Albany tonight as a New York Woman of Distinction. She has been selected by NY State Senator Squadron as this year's 25th Senate District honoree. Way to go, Kathleen.
As a member of Friends of Carroll Park for the last twenty years, I can only say wonderful things of Kathleen. During her many years in the park, she has become the neighborhood Mom, Grandma, Sitter, and Friend to many. She has turned her job into more than a job and improved Carroll Park in ways no one anticipated. We have seen the park go from being a neglected and avoided park to becoming the heart of the neighborhood and Kathleen has had a lot to do with that. The kids who spent time with her, connected to the park in ways we had not seen before so that we have very little graffiti or other vandalism and increased community spirit and support for the park.
Below is the award announcement by Senator Squadron's office.
Tonight marks the New York State Senate’s 15th annual Women of Distinction celebration. This year, Senator Squadron is proud to honor Carroll Park Playground Associate Kathleen Henderson as the 25th Senate District's Woman of Distinction.You all know how invaluable Kathleen is to our community. Over the last 16 years, the community has seen Carroll Park turn from a neglected and avoided park to become the heart of our neighborhood -- and Kathleen has been a key force behind that transformation. Kathleen is a treasure to the Carroll Gardens community, and a most deserving honoree.Created by the Senate in 1998, the Women of Distinction program recognizes the historic contributions of New Yorkers as part of National Women’s History Month.In a celebration that recognizes outstanding women throughout the state, the Senate will be honoring Kathleen in Albany tonight with a ceremony and reception at the State Capitol.Senator Squadron looks forward to hosting Kathleen and her family at tonight's celebration of notable New York women -- whose contributions continue to shape our communities and our state and inspire our residents.As promised, here are some photos of the event from Senator Squadron's office.