Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro received a Johnson & Johnson Community Service Achievement Award during the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance. Held on February 21 at the company’s New Brunswick headquarters, the event was hosted by J&J’s “Helping Our Neighbors with Our Resources (H.O.N.O.R.) Employee Resource Group. Nearly 300 employees, residents and local community partners attended the event and enjoyed special presentations, entertainment and refreshments.
The Community Service Achievement Award was presented by J&J’s Director of Corporate Contributions Bonnie Petrauskas who also serves on the steering committee for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-New Brunswick (NJPHK) and is a member of the NJPHK State Advisory Council.
The award recognized Williams Castro’s commitment and leadership in bringing together New Brunswick community leaders to focus on childhood obesity prevention. Through Williams Castro’s leadership, NJPHK-New Brunswick and its partners worked together to expand the Greater Brunswick Charter School’s breakfast in the classroom pilot program, as well as enabled elementary students to film a video about barriers to healthy eating and physical activity which debuted at the New Brunswick Community Health Fair in 2012. NJPHK-New Brunswick and its partners also assisted with project planning and the recruitment of volunteers for creating a space for active play and a vegetable garden in Roosevelt Elementary School’s playground. Petrauskas also serves on the In her acceptance speech, Williams Castro stated, “It is truly an honor to be recognized for my passion of positively impacting communities.I see my work as both a gift and a privilege to help bring about change in the New Brunswick community around such a prevalent issue as childhood obesity prevention.”
The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. During his speech, Morial discussed the bravery associated with the pioneers who led the civil rights movement.
Founded in 1975, the mission of H.O.N.O.R. is grounded in the J&J Credo—“We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well.”SHARE: