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Elaine Bryan gets Counsellor of the Year award

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM
(From left) Student Paden Henderson; Rose Mary Glean, psychologist; Elaine Bryan, Counsellor of the Year; and Kathy Reed from Leadership Sandy Springs at the awards dinner. - Contributed
Kaye Umeakunne (left) shares the proud moment with her friend Elaine Bryan. - Contributed
Bill Smith shares the occasion with Elaine Bryan. - Contributed
Julie Spires (right) congratulates Elaine Bryan.- Contributed

Elaine Bryan, Flair columnist based in Atlanta, Georgia, has chalked up yet another prestigious award. This time it's the 2010-11 Counsellor of the Year Award for Region VI from the Georgia School Counsellors Association.

She received the award on Thursday, November 4, at the Classic Center Ball Room in Athens, Georgia. Bryan is the first recipient of Caribbean descent, to receive this honour in the state of Georgia.

This is the second monetary award Bryan has received for outstanding work with students in Atlanta, Georgia, her first coming from Sony Television when she received the Judge Glenda Hatchett Mentor Award.

Bill Smith, executive director of PROBE, who presented Bryan with the cheque, will also give financial support to students who attend Georgia schools. As the Region VI Counsellor of the Year, she will have the opportunity to choose the grant recipients.

Speaking with The Gleaner, Bryan said she was honoured to receive the award, will make it possible to help even more students achieve their educational goals.

Among the more than 400 guests were her husband Gregory Bryan, Kathy Reed of Leadership Sandy Springs and mother of Bryan's student Peden Henderson; Rose Mary Glean, psychologist for the DeKalb County school system, Kaye Umeakunne of the University of Pittsburg Gastroenterology Department, Dr Daliah Pottinger, a Jamaican educator; Caribbean radio/TV personality, Joan Savoury, Joyce Ricks, counsellor from Gwinnett County school system; DeKalb County School Systems Simon scholars programme executives, head counsellor, Cheryl Hudson; former Counsellor of the Year, Rose Brock; and Danny Roper from Jamaica.