Canas­tota pas­tor speaks out against el­der abuse

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Religion -

CANAS­TOTA, N.Y. >> Thomas Burgess, the pas­tor of Hope Chris­tian Fel­low­ship in Canas­tota and a case su­per­vi­sor with Onondaga County Adult Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices (APS), was re­cently in­vited to share on sub­jects re­lated to the abuse of vul­ner­a­ble adults.

Burgess was a pan­elist at the 25th an­nual New York State Adult Abuse Train­ing In­sti­tute, held Sept. 26 and 27 at the Al­bany Mar­riott Ho­tel in Al­bany where he shared about the new­ly­de­vel­oped Fi­nan­cial Ex­ploita­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Suite of Tools (FEIST) and Onondaga County’s ex­pe­ri­ence as one of the pi­lot coun­ties. Also on the panel were: AlanLawitz, Esq., di­rec­tor, Bu­reau of Adult Ser­vices, New York State Of­fice of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices; and foren­sic ac­coun­tant Karen Web­ber, CPA, CFE, Web­ber CPA, LLC.

On Oct. 29, Burgess pre­sented an overview of pro­tec­tive ser­vices avail­able for vul­ner­a­ble adult res­i­dents of Onondaga County to 80 care co­or­di­na­tors at a Lunch and Learn held at St. Joseph’s Hos­pi­tal in Syra­cuse.

A life-long Cen­tral New Yorker, Burgess is a 1971 grad­u­ate of Canas­tota High School. He then at­tended Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity, where he re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in Speech Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Ed­u­ca­tion, and sub­se­quently com­pleted post-grad­u­ate work at LeMoyne Col­lege to earn cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Teach­ing English to Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages. An ed­u­ca­tor in ele­men­tary, se­condary and adult ed­u­ca­tion for over two decades prior to work­ing for Onondaga County, he now fre­quently presents to var­i­ous agen­cies and com­mu­nity groups. He is a past re­cip­i­ent of an Onondaga County Vol­un­teer Award for his work with abused chil­dren and youth and a Na­tional Adult Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion Award for his work on el­der jus­tice.

Thomas Burgess

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