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Nazareth College is proud to honor J. Christine Wilson, philanthropist, community activist and volunteer, as this year’s Woerner Kollmorgen Award recipient. This annual ceremony and luncheon recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community, thereby improving the quality of life in the greater Rochester area. This year’s ceremony will take place on Monday, November 8 from noon – 2:00 p.m. in the Shults Center Forum on the Nazareth College campus. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.
Wilson was chair of the board of the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation when Wilson Commencement Park (WCP) was founded in 1992. WCP is a housing program with the mission of offering holistic support for low-income, single-parent families to become and remain economically and socially self-sufficient. That same year, Wilson initiated a small grass roots group to start a full service grocery store in the Northeast sector of Rochester that is now known as Partners Through Food and is part of the Community Development Corporation. Wilson is a co-founder and a former board member of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley.
Wilson currently serves on the boards of the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Monroe Community College Foundation. She is a past vice president of the board of trustees of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass. Wilson has received numerous awards such as the Rochester Women’s Network “W” Award, Women of Valor Award from the American Diabetes Association of Rochester, and the YWCA Women First Award, just to name a few.
The Nazareth College Woerner Kollmorgen award is made possible by a donation from Don H. Kollmorgen and Louise Woerner.
She attended the University of Rochester where she studied psychology and sociology. Prior to that, Wilson earned her associate’s degree from Pine Manor College, a liberal arts institution in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.
The Woerner Kollmorgen Award is administered through Nazareth College's Center for Civic Engagement