Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 16, 2019

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Deb Riitano, CSJA, Receives Women's Achievement Award from Muslim Community


On December 15, CSJ Associate Deb Riitano, commissioner of the Albany County Department of Aging and formerly executive director of the Capital Area Council of Churches, received the Muslim Community Center (MCC) 2018 Women’s Achievement Award for her support of the Capital District Muslim Community. Deb received the honor at the Women’s Gala, held at the Muslim Community Center.

Deb remarked:

“I was humbled tonight to be honored at the Muslim Women’s Gala by the Muslim Community Center.  Sharing the honor was old friend Mahlia Nazeer and new friend, Dr. Shagufta Farooqui. Thank you to Dr. Aliya Saeed and host committee for a spectacular evening. Thank you Mussarat Chaudhry, Humera Khan and Mahlia Nazeer for nominating me. Mayor Kathy Sheehan spoke with eloquence and wisdom and is an example of women’s leadership. Her support of our Muslim community exceeds all others.  The music, the beautiful atmosphere, the hospitality of this community is amazing--It was a great show of interfaith solidarity!”

Congratulations, Deb!