PHC's Sulik Honored By Transitional Services
Liz Sulik, Director of External Affairs at Peninsula Hospital Center, was recently honored by Transitional Services of New York (TSI) with their 2008 Community Leadership award at their annual "Paint the Town Red" Dinner Gala at Russo's on the Bay. Honored from Rockaway, also was the Honorable Audrey Pheffer, assemblymember, who received the Public Servant of the Year Award. Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, CEO and Medical Director, The Holliswood Hospital, was honored as their Physician of the Year. Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations, St. John's University, received TSI's Extraordinary Community Visionary Award.
Transitional Services of New York is a 33-year-old comprehensive mental health agency that cares for thousands of mentally ill people in Queens through both residential and outpatient programs. The organization's human service professionals work with persons with mental illness to help to enrich their lives, utilizing a broad spectrum of client-centered services to support growth and empower individuals to achieve increased levels of independence and self-reliance. Sulik first became involved with TSI's volunteer placement program several years ago when the Hospital Center entered into a contract to take on some of their registrants and incorporate them within Peninsula Hospital Center's Volunteer Service Program. TSI volunteers enjoy working within the Hospital Center setting and benefit from rehabilitative services that continue to enrich their lives and transition them into increased levels of independence.
The Community Service Award from TSI is the latest in a lifetime of service to her adopted hometown community of Rockaway. Prior to coming on board at the Hospital Center, she served for three years as the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, where she coordinated many post-September 11 and post-
American Airlines 587 community relief efforts, as well as working with other groups around New York City and the United States. She also initiated the concept, funding, planning, budget, park design and construction of Rockaway's Tribute Park.
A long list of community involvements credited to Sulik is a long list of community involvement, whick also includes her role as a successful business owner and community advocate in Belle Harbor; member of the Board of Trustees of the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Council; member, Board of Trustees, New School, Far Rockaway; member, Queens Library Board of Trustees; acting director, Queens Tourism Council; member, Board of Directors, Queens Council on the Arts; founding member, St. John's Residence For Boys Community Council; president, Beach 129th Street Merchant's Association; member, Community Advisory Council, Neponsit Health Care Center; member, Board of Directors, 100th Precinct Council and member, Community Board 14, where she serves as the co-chair of the Economic Development Committee. Prior to receiving this most recent honor from TSI, Sulik has also received awards for outstanding community service from the Rockaway Irish Parade Committee, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and both the 100th and 101st Precinct Community Councils. In addition, Sulik was in the original group of women named as the Top Ten Business Women in Queens.