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Bailey and Block Honored at 2014 Women’s Day Celebration

GEORGETOWN- Mary S. Bailey of Milton and Heather A. Block of Lewes were honored at the 20th annual Women’s Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 28 at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. This event, which is hosted by Delaware Technical Community College and the Owens Campus Alumni Association, highlights the achievements of exemplary women and benefits the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

“Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” was this year’s theme.

Bailey began working at Delaware Tech in 1985 as a student intern and is now the department’s administrative assistant. Her current duties include acting as a liaison for the department, compiling and maintaining statistical records and supervising a work study student. She has served with six department chairs over 26 years and is currently the longest tenured employee in the department.

Block has over 20 years of experience in project design, start up, and implementation of programs in emerging democracies. She is currently project supervisor and acting chief of party for PERFORM, USAID Iraq’s Monitoring and Evaluation Program, where she recruits and supervises senior level officials and staff for projects across Iraq.

The underwriter for the Women’s Day Celebration is Sussex County Council.

The Women’s Day Celebration recognizes the significant accomplishments of dedicated women and their positive impact on Delaware and the communities in which they live. Since the inception of the event in 1995, 47 women from around the state have been recognized.

To be eligible for nomination a woman must be age 18 or older and either a resident of Sussex County or the state of Delaware for at least five years or a non-Delaware resident whose employment or volunteer work impacted Delawareans for at least five years. Honorees are selected based on their professional or career achievements, leadership and vision, service to the community, impact on Sussex County and/or the state of Delaware, and personal and/or professional obstacles overcome. Eligible candidates should demonstrate exemplary accomplishments related to one or more of these areas: arts, business, community service, education, law, medicine, and public service.