2016 Great Guy Award Recipients Announced

YWCA Central Massachusetts created The Great Guy Award in 2004 to recognize the outstanding contributions of men in the central Massachusetts community who have been inspired to learn and better understand the issue of domestic violence, and who have demonstrated their commitment to end violence against women and children. Three men will receive the award this year at the YWCA’s Annual Daybreak Breakfast on October 17, 2016.

Dr. Erik Garcia, Physician and Medical Director at H.O.A.P. Clinic in Worcester, has long been an agent of social justice and health equity in our community. Dr. Garcia’s work has been a crucial piece of building a foundation to provide comprehensive, dignified care to people who are experiencing homelessness, substance abuse disorders, or mental illness. Dr. Garcia joined the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE) Task Force in 2013, and later served as Co-Chair of WAASE. He has worked to raise awareness about how to identify and provide trauma informed care to survivors of domestic violence in the medical community both nationally and regionally.

As the Chief Empowerment Officer at T. Lee Associates and the Associate Director of Multi-Cultural Education at College of the Holy Cross, Robert Jones is dedicated to teaching students from all walks of life about nonviolence. Mr. Jones is a certified senior trainer in Kingian Nonviolence, and has conducted over 40 two-day workshops for community leaders, youth, and various religious groups. He founded Project Respect – a program that focuses on leadership skills, college preparation, and academic achievement for young people. Mr. Jones is also a Senior Training Facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, where he has trained more than 10,000 students and teachers through an anti-bullying program. Most recently, Mr. Jones founded TYBE2 (Together Reconciling Your Behavior. Education, and Emotion) of Men in Framingham’s Pelham Apartments – a program where college-aged males assist in mentoring young men ages 8-14, and stress the importance of nonviolence, health, and perseverance to achieve their dreams.

Edward N. Karcasinas Jr., head of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, was born and raised in Worcester. He has spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor fighting for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and holding their abusers accountable. His determined advocacy in the courtroom, as well as the compassion and respect he gives to each survivor he works with, exemplify what it means to be a “Great Guy.”  Mr. Karcasinas is the co-chair of four High Risk Domestic Violence Response Teams in Worcester County. He is also a member of the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the City Manager’s Coalition Against Bias and Hate, and the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Join the YWCA Central Massachusetts on October 17, 2016 to honor these three “Great Guys” at the Daybreak Breakfast. The Daybreak Breakfast will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the College of the Holy Cross Hogan Campus Center. In addition to the Great Guys Awards Presentation, guest speaker Dr. Heather Forkey will discuss how domestic violence can affect children and what we can do to stop the cycle of domestic violence.

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