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Edwin V. O'Hara Award Winner Announced

Monday, March 28, 2011

NCRLC is proud to announce Sr. Ellen Lamberjack as the winner of the 2011 Edwin V. O’Hara Award, which honors a leader who is an advocate for rural communities and social justice in the spirit and tradition of Archbishop O’Hara.

Sr. Ellen is the director of Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio. Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza provides legal services to immigrants in rural northwestern Ohio, specifically in Fulton, Henry, Williams and Defiance counties. Project Hope is a collaborative effort of the Sisters of St. Francis, Zion Mennonite Church and the Immigrant Worker Project. Many of these people work in the agricultural sector, including on farms and landscaping projects and in orchards.

Sr. Ellen also serves as a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative, which lets her represent foreign nationals before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the immigration courts.

Please see more about Sr. Ellen in the spring issue of Catholic Rural Life magazine, coming soon!


National Coordinator Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network Sr. Karen Bernhardt | Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sr. Ellen is a great choice for this award. I worked in collaboration with her for three years and she has made a difference in Northwest Ohio in so many ways.

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