Lynn Bishop Receives the Ruth M. Batson Advocate of the Year Award

Lynn Bishop was presented with the Ruth M. Batson Advocate of the Year Award at the 48th annual Providers’ Council Convention and Expo. Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Edinburg Center

Lynn Bishop, executive vice president at the Edinburg Center, was honored at the 48th annual Providers’ Council Convention and Expo, receiving the Ruth M. Batson Advocate of the Year Award. This award recognizes advocates who work tirelessly to secure the funding, services, and support that are necessary for people to reach their greatest potential.

For more than 33 years, she has been advocating for the people she serves at The Edinburg Center, a Bedford-based human services agency serving thousands of children and adults living with disabilities.  

A champion of social justice and equality, Bishop is viewed as a role model for her team and community. She is also active politically, having worked on numerous political campaigns, including Maura Healey’s campaign for governor.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Lynn as her supervisor and friend for almost 30 years,” said Kathy Doherty, former executive vice president at Edinburg. “Her compassion and commitment to justice for all people, including the persons she serves, paired with her passion for politics has resulted in her being a strong and effective advocate.”

During her tenure at Edinberg Center, Bishop served as chair of the Center Advocacy Committee, co-creator of the annual Legislative Breakfast, and a member of the ADDP Advocacy Committee.

“Getting people involved in the political process has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember,” said Bishop. “Politics touches all of us and the more people get involved, the more change we can create, and that is what advocacy is all about.”

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