Since 1958, the faculty and staff at Trocaire College, alongside the Sisters of Mercy, have worked to provide students with an affordable, private education with a career-oriented focus. Our annual Reflections event helps us fundraise the dollars necessary to accomplish our mission and goals for students.
We call ourselves an opportunity college because while our student body has great financial need, they consistently rise to the challenge. When they leave Trocaire, they join the ranks of professionals in thriving fields such as healthcare, business, and technology.
By partnering with us through a Reflections sponsorship or attending our event as a guest, you help Trocaire students realize their goals, elevate their circumstances, and grow professionals for a better Buffalo!
Reflections Awards 2015
The Reflections Awards are given to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated meaningful contributions to healthcare, human services, or higher education in the Western New York community, exemplifying the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy and the mission of Trocaire College.
Candace S. Johnson, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Dr. Johnson is the first female President & CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. With a unique background in translational research, she seeks to grow Roswell’s ability to translate basic science observations from the laboratory into actions that will help patients. Her vision includes enhancing recruitment efforts to bring the very best scientists and physicians to Buffalo, focusing everything around the patient and their families, and providing the most state-of-the-art innovative care possible to treat disease.
Mary Beth and Louis John Billittier
Siblings Mary Beth and Louis John offer a profound example of what it means to provide a quality experience with excellence in Buffalo’s booming restaurant and hospitality industry, but that’s not all. The Billittier family has generously offered their time, treasure and talent to the Western New York community through support and volunteerism for a variety of non-profit and service organizations.
Trocaire’s Partners in the P-Tech Collaborative
Lackawanna City School District
Erie 1 BOCES
The New York State Pathways in Technology Early College and High School program focuses on providing students with workplace skills for a high demand STEM career. Students are introduced to Career Pathways their freshman year of high school and engage in a curriculum, job shadowing, practicum, mentorship, lab work and more, culminating in completion of A.A.S. degree at Trocaire in Health Information Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Surgical Technology or Radiologic Technology.
President’s Distinguished Service Award
The President’s Distinguished Service Award is presented to a person or group whose community participation exemplifies Trocaire’s Mercy mission and improves quality of life in healthcare, education, human services, or the arts.
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
Bishop Richard Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo continue to bring focus to Catholic education in WNY by highlighting our schools, gathering educational leaders, advocating for legislation and tax credits for parents and donors, and expressing a formal corporate commitment to education, competence and training, and academically excellent, fiscally sound schools.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented a graduate who, through their outstanding personal and professional accomplishments, personify Trocaire’s tradition of excellence and serve as positive role models for their fellow alumni and students in the classroom today.
Natalie Barnhard ’04, founder of the Wheels With Wings Foundation, an organization developed to help and support individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries and their families. After graduating from Trocaire’s Massage Therapy program, Natalie endured a severe spinal injury. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of Western New Yorkers with similar challenges, she launched the Wheels With Wings Foundation. To date, the organization has raised and distributed over $80,000 in direct grants to individuals and families to help with care and accommodations. The long-term goal of the organization is to develop a spinal care center in the greater Buffalo area.