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2011- Puerto Rican Leadership Award 2011- Dakin Humane Society's "Champion Award" for her tireless advocacy on behalf of animals 2011- Western Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce "Government Advocate Award" 2011- STAVROS "Bill McCarthy Award" for her commitment to improve access for people with disabilities 2010- The Lighthouse - Leadership Award for her advocacy and support for those with disabilities 2010- MA Executive Office of Health & Human Services Dept. of Mental Health- certificate of apreciation for her legislative leadership on behalf of adults and children with mental illness and their families 2010- Grey 2K USA's-- Greyhound Leadership Award 2010- National Conference for Community & Justice of Connecticut & Western Massachusetts, Inc.-- Human Relations Award for high standard of responsible leadership & recognition of her contributions to promoting understanding, tolerance & cooperation in our increasingly diverse community 2009- Friends of GLBT Youth- For continued support and leadership on behalf of the GLBT College Advocate For Mentoring for support and expansion of youth mentoring programs 2009- Department of Developmental Services- Commissioner's Exemplar Award 2008- Providers' Council- Legislator of the Year 2008- Certificate of Appreciation- The Valley District Dental Society 2007- Literacy Works Committee of Hampden County- Champion of Literacy 2007- Mayor Charles V. Ryan & Springfield Board of Park Commissioners- Appreciation Award for efforts in preservation of Springfield's Open Space (Van Horn Park Rededication) 2006- Oral Health Hero- in appreciation "For speaking up for children's oral health" 2005- City of Boston- Certificate of Appreciation for commitment and support to Latino LGBT communities 2004- MA Family Planning Association & Tapestry Health- appreciation Award for support for comprehensive family planning services 2004- Springfield Vietnamese American Civic Association- Appreciation for Leadership Award 2004- The MA Youth Build Coalition & the YWCA Youth Build Springfield- Certificate of Appreciation for efforts to help young adults of MA 2002- Western MA Veterans' Community- Appreciation Award 2002- Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee- William S. Currier Democrat of the Year Award 2002- Puerto Rican Parade Appreciation Award 2002- NPRC Annual Connference- Appreciation for commitment and contribution to well being of Puerto Rican community 2001- Pioneer Valley Girl Scout Council- 2001 Pioneer Valley Woman of Distinction 2001- Woman and Criminal Justice Conference Executive Committee Award for support to her colleagues in criminal justice 2000- The Pioneer Valley Project- for outstanding efforts in the revitalization of the Lower Liberty Heights and support for Pioneer Valley Project 1999- Latino Breakfast Club- Community Service Award for recognition of accomplisments and in recognition of distinction as first Puerto Rican woman elected to MA State Legislature
Roberto Clemente League Award for commitment and support