GARWOOD, NJ - Councilwoman at Large Elizabeth Patricia Perkins-Auguste was one of six local woman and political figures celebrated last Friday evening, March 4, for their past and present contributions to their communities by The Women of Heard A.M.E. Church of Roselle.

Perkins-Auguste is serving her sixth term as councilwoman in the City of Elizabeth. She develops programs that assist local residents entering the workforce. The Elizabeth Works program is designed as a pathway out of poverty while helping young adults begin stainable careers. Perkins-Auguste has also authored a book “Sustaining Life” discussing the miraculous birth of her first son and his 90 day stay in the hospital. She is the proud mother of two sons. 

Perkins-Auguste was introduced by Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage. Her remarks can be viewed by clicking here.

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The other five recipients, who hailed from Linden, Rahway, Roselle and Plainfield, were Deborah Bridges, Rahway Board of Education; Christine Dansereau, mayor of Roselle; Lisa A. Ormon, Linden councilwoman; Sharon Robinson-Briggs; former mayor of Plainfield; and Hazel Walker, former Roselle councilwoman.

The co-chairpersons of the event, Donna Cochran and Vernell Thomas along with Pastor Archie Cummings, Jr. and Annie Cummings wished to bestow these awards to “the phenomenal women who serve our communities. These women are women of excellence, who grace us with wisdom and leadership,” stated Thomas. 

The general theme of all the recipients speeches were gratitude to their support systems of family and friends as well as a general sense of doing what is needed to improve the community and everyday lives of those they serve.

The honorees and guests were treated to a dance performance choreographed by Shirley Saunder from the North Stelton AME Church of Piscataway. Kamuela Tillman from the Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown performed a Whitney Houston classic “I Will Always Love You” as a tribute to the recipients.