PITTSFIELD >> The Berkshire Citizen's Advisory Board of the Department of Developmental Services will host its annual awards reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Recipients will be honored for their efforts impacting the quality of life of individuals with different abilities who live and work in Berkshire County.

The William Johnson Memorial "Unsung Hero Award" will be presented to Brittany McDermott, of Pittsfield. As a shared living provider, McDermott has welcomed an individual into her family and home. This support has allowed this individual to recognize her strengths, leading her to develop new skills which have facilitated improved health, new relationships and employment.

The late Cindy Bowlby, of Dalton, is being recognized with the "Reach for the Stars" Award for her commitment to individuals with Down Syndrome. Bowlby was a major organizer of the Berkshire County ARC Down syndrome Family Support Group and the subsequent development of the "Buddy Walk."

New this year, "The Dream Award" is being presented to Kathleen Davis of Dalton and Celeste Thomann, of Adams. This award gives a person of different abilities an opportunity to achieve or experience something they would not otherwise be able to do.

Also being honored are Matt Masiero of Guido's Fresh Marketplace, Bill Mclear, of Cheshire, Brittany Dorwin, of North Adams, and Mark Brodeur, of Pittsfield, all of whom exemplify how community members can support those with different abilities further enhance their quality of life.