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|April 15, 2008
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Juvenile Court Probation Officer Is Honored
For Her Work With Children
Berkshire County Juvenile Court Probation
Officer Nancy J. Macauley recently received the 2008 Gerard
D. Downing Service to Children Award for her many years
of dedicated work with troubled children in the Berkshires
and on the North Shore.
The award is named for Berkshire District
Attorney Gerard D. Downing who served as D.A. from 1991
until his sudden passing in 2003. Downing is remembered
for his commitment to community service and improving the
lives of children.
Macauley, a 11-year Probation Officer, received
the award at the Fifth Annual Gerard D. Downing Service
to Children Award Ceremony held at the Pittsfield-based
Berkshire Museum earlier this month, National Child Abuse
Prevention Month. Berkshire District Attorney David F.
Capeless presented the award. State Senator Benjamin B.
Downing was on hand to extend a citation from the Massachusetts
“It’s been a privilege to work
with children and families who have given me so much. I
am grateful that my Chief Probation Officer gives me the
opportunity to be creative in my role as a Probation Officer.
This award is about everyone who sees the importance of
children in the world today,” said Macauley.
Berkshire Juvenile Court Probation Officer
William Gale said of Macauley and her award, “This
award is the result of years of hard work, commitment and
dedication to the needs of Berkshire County youth and families.”
Macauley oversees the Shakespeare in the
Courts Program which was one of 17 cultural arts programs
from across the nation chosen to receive the “Coming
Up Taller Award,” presented by First Lady Laura Bush
at the White House last year.
With a keen interest in truancy prevention,
Macauley is involved in several other arts programs created
to promote arts education and enhance social behavior among
juveniles. The RAISE Program, a collaborative effort between
the courts and the Clark Art Institute, and the CHOICES
Program for adolescent girls are just two of the many initiatives
that she dedicates her time to.