GEC remembers Angela Canade

Angela Canade, who supported The Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC) for more than 25 years, was remembered on June 7 for her dedication and compassion with a plaque that will keep her legacy alive.

The plaque was received by her family as a remembrance of being “GEC’s most vocal and visible advocate,” according to Canade’s biography published on GEC’s website.

Canade’s devotedness to children and adults living with developmental disabilities made her, while still alive, a proud recipient of numerous honors and awards.

These include: the Arthur Levit Award for “exceptional achievements outside the field of education,” the Woman of the Year Award from the American Italian Coalition of Organizations (AMICO), the Civic Award from the Dyker Heights Civic Association, the Women of Achievement Award from the New York State Senate, the New York City Council Citation for Community Service, the New York State Assembly Citation for Exemplary Community Service, the Alumna of the Year Award from Fontbonne Hall Academy, and recognition awards from the American Legion, Bay Ridge Lioness Club and Prevent Blindness New York.

For 40 years, Canade also wrote a column in this newspaper called “Angela” in which she promoted numerous community organizations.

Angela was a modern woman who nurtured and supported The Guild for many years, said GEC Executive Director Paul Cassone. We will miss Angela, but her legacy continues.”

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