NCBW Southern New Jersey Names 9 Candace Award Winners for 2020


By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

BERLIN – Former Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Chesilhurst Borough Mayor Jamila Bremmer and Gloucester County NAACP President Loretta Winters are among the 2020 recipients of the prestigious Candace Women of Achievement Awards given by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Southern New Jersey Chapter this year.

The awards will be presented at the 16th annual Candace Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony and Masquerade Ball with Silent Auction on Saturday, March 21 at Lucien Manor, 81 W. White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey starting at 6 p.m.

The awards reception will run to 7:30 p.m., hosted by Patty Jackson of WDAS-FM, followed by the Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction. Deejay Ty Chappel will provide music for the ball.

The Candace Women of Achievement Awards are given annually to women of minority descent whose contributions to society mirror the mission of NCBW in the areas of importance to its core constituency, minority women and girls, as they relate to civic awareness and public policy, corporate trailblazer, education, economic development, health, science and technology and youth leadership. Gina Burton is the president of the NCBW-Southern New Jersey chapter.

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Reynolds Brown has long held the distinction of the only woman to serve at-large on the Philadelphia city council and held the position of majority whip in 2012. She retired from council at the end of her term and recently accepted a new position as the City of Philadelphia’s director of strategic partnerships for the Register of Wills.

In November, Bremmer was elected mayor of the Chesilhurst Borough Council after serving on council since 2012, including a stint as council president.

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Winters, the longtime community advocate and president of the Gloucester County NAACP, is vice chair of the South Jersey Federal Credit Union board, president of the Gloucester County Federation of Democratic Women and chief executive of HWIN Transportation, LLC, among other positions.

The complete list of awardees this year include:

*Jamila Bremmer for Community Services

Mayor Jamila Bremmer, Chesilhurst

*Dr. Karen Correa, Adare Pharmaceuticals and Susan G. Komen of Central and South Jersey board member, for Science and Technology

Dr. Karen Correa

*Fatima Heyward, reproductive justice and community partnership manager of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey, for Health

Fatima Heyward

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*Rev. Desiree Guyton, of the Quest Movement Ministry, for Spiritual Leader

Rev. Desiree Guyton

*Blondell Reynolds Brown, for Humanitarian

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

*Dr. Monika Williams Shealey, senior vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Rowan University, for Education

Monika Williams Shealey

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*Cassandra Tindal, executive producer of Womenz Straight Talk TV and editor-in-chief, Womenz Straight Talk magazine, for Communications/Media Relations

Cassandra Tindal

*Robin Walton, vice president of community and government affairs at Thomas Edison State University, for Corporate Trailblazer

Robin Walton

*Loretta Winters, for Civic Action/Public Policy

Loretta Winters

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Photos courtesy of National Coalition of Black Women Southern New Jersey Chapter

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