The Chautauqua County Councilors Association annually presents the Robert Minton Councilor of the Year Award to a deserving school counselor.
This year’s recipient of the award is Alycia Lacki, guidance counselor at the LoGuidice Educational Center.
Lacki is the guidance counselor at one of four Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES vocational and technical training centers.
“Alycia is a hardworking and dedicated counsellor. Not only does she look after our students, but she will look after her teammates and also volunteer to travel to other schools to support when other counselors are needed,” said Jose Pagan, director of the LoGuidice educational center.
Lacki was surprised with the honor during the E2CCB CTE end-of-year workshop to recap the school year and plan for the next one.
“This award is given to an individual who is described by colleagues and students as hardworking, dedicated, highly respected and a dedicated driving force”, said award presenter Leighton Swanson, a guidance counselor at Hewes Educational Center. “She has shown through her dedication to her work that she is exactly where she belongs in this world…serving as a guide to all those around her.”
The Robert Minton Advisor of the Year Award was established in memory of Mr. Minton, who dedicated more than 30 years of his life as a knowledgeable, reliable and generous advisor. Advisors are selected for their hard work, outstanding contributions and inspiring service that embody Mr. Minton’s professional and personal characteristics.
“I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of colleagues and play a role in helping students grow and develop their skills, which makes them feel safe and loved while pursuing their goals, both personally and professionally”, Lacki said. “These two years have been incredibly difficult with the pandemic. Counselors and all educators are juggling more than ever, and I’m so proud of the great work we’re all doing.
Lacki obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from SUNY Fredonia and his master’s degree in school counseling from Saint-Bonaventure. In 2011, she obtained her advanced master’s certification in school counseling from Saint-Bonaventure. This is her 14th year as a consultant for E2CCB; she worked with Alternative Education and Special Education during her first eight years.
Each school year, the Chautauqua County Counselors Association also awards scholarships to Chautauqua County high school students pursuing a major in a field related to counseling, social work, or education. The Chautauqua County Councilors Association scholarships are fully funded by annual membership dues, fundraising, and donations through events such as the CCCA Golf Tournament, which Lacki helped organize.
The Chautauqua County Counselors Association is a professional organization comprised of school counselors and school social workers representing 22 school districts and higher education institutions in Chautauqua County: Bemus Point, Brocton, Cassadaga Valley, Chautauqua Lake, Clymer, Dunkirk, Erie 2 -Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, Falconer, Forestville, Fredonia, Frewsburg, Jamestown, Jamestown Business College, Jamestown Community College, Panama, Pine Valley, Ripley, Sherman, Silver Creek, Southwestern Central School District, State University at Fredonia and Westfield Academy and Central School. The Chautauqua County Counselors Association aims to advance the welfare and interests of students by supporting the professional welfare of its members.