The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association honored Gloria T. Van Brocklin as its 2016 Woman of Excellence at the group’s 20th annual fashion show Saturday, April 23. The award recognizes individuals in the community who have made outstanding achievements. This year, the award was given in recognition of community service.
Van Brocklin received her professional education as a pediatric practitioner from Syracuse Upstate Medical University in 1982 and her master’s degree in nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2003. Van Brocklin moved to West Palm Beach in 1996 after serving as a volunteer for seven years in Haiti and Southeast Florida. She was then employed by the Palm Beach Health Care Department.
Before retiring in 2007, she was employed by Florida Atlantic University in Belle Glade as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Van Brocklin now volunteers many hours in the Glades Community Organization with a program that she helped introduce for migrants and refugees. She performs health screening services, home visits, medical assistance, nutrition programs and transportation to medical appointments. She looks at volunteering as a labor of love, helping migrants and refugees with their everyday lives and acclimating to American culture.
The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally. To learn more, contact Chapter President Rebecca Ott at (772) 828-0915 or visit www.abwanpbflorida.org.
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