The Candace Award is the symbol of the NCBW, an advocacy group that strives to empower black women to meet their professional goals. Historically, Candace is a royal dynasty name for the long line of queens of Ethiopia. The 2013 Candace “Jewels of Excellence” awards honor outstanding achievement in many areas: Arts and Culture, Civic Awareness, Community Service, Corporate Trailblazer, Education, Economic Development, Humanitarian, Religious Leadership, Youth Leadership, Science and Technology, and Health.
Faye grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and attended Kensington High School. She came from a family of eight children. Her mother died in 1963, leaving the care for five younger children to her and her father. Her father was a long-standing member of the Teamsters, Local 169 and was a strong advocate of unionism, something she never forgot. She married in 1968 and became a homemaker raising three children.
In 1986, she began her studies at what was then Glassboro State College and graduated in 1991 with a B.A. in English/Liberal Arts. She worked for a period as an part-time librarian on the reference desk at the Rowan University Campbell Library and began work on a Master of Arts in English at Arcadia University in 1992. Subsequently, she enrolled in the School & Public Librarianship program at Rowan and graduated in 1999.
She was hired as a full-time librarian in 2000 and immediately joined AFT Local 2373. She is now Head of Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan (ILL). She is also a writer and has published in The King’s Daughters, an online newsletter and WOW! (Women of the Word), a print and online magazine, and in How to Write for Magazines: Consumers, Trades, and Web (Allyn & Bacon, 2001).
The Council extends its warm congratulations to Faye Robinson for this prestigious award in recognition of her years of achievement in education.