Norwich Lions Club honors Humanitarian of the Year

Norwich – The Norwich Lions Club has selected Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place as the club’s 2014 Humanitarian of the Year.

Each January, local Lions clubs select individuals in their communities who exemplify selfless service to others. Corbin will be recognized along with 10 other honorees at the annual Lions District 23C Humanitarian Awards Dinner Saturday at the Groton Inn and Suites.

The awards dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $41 per person and are available by calling Mary Kroth at either (860) 267-9166 or (860) 977-5760.

“No individual is more dedicated to the well being of others than Miss Corbin,” said Kevin Harkins, president of the Norwich Lions Club. “She has devoted herself to promoting social equality and her skill and compassion have touched the lives of thousands.”

Corbin is a member of several interactive community partnerships including the Norwich Community Care Team, Norwich Area Clergy Association and the Community Policing unit of the Norwich Police Department. As executive director of Norwich’s soup kitchen and food pantry, she coordinates a number of services for the city’s needy and working poor.

Corbin was raised in Middlefield and earned her master’s degree in business administration at Barry University in Miami. She worked as the program manager for the first girls’ program in the Florida juvenile justice system. Corbin was a crisis manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Florida hurricane seasons.

“I was taught at an early age to play an active roll in the community and to work together with others for the greater good of all,” Corbin said in a press release on the award.

The Norwich Lions Club was founded in 1939 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

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