North Shore Rotary honors three ‘Unsung Heroes’ with Service Above Self awards

Annemarie Dowling-Castronovo, Lisa Sloan (representing Carol Bullock) and Deanna Di Bartolo receive awards from the North Shore Rotary Club. (Photo: Charles Di Bartolo, North Shore Rotary Club)

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The North Shore Rotary Club recognized three Staten Island “Unsung Heroes” with the club’s Service Above Self Award recently. The winners were Annemarie Dowling-Castronovo, Carol Bullock and Deanna Di Bartolo.

Through devotion and exemplary efforts, the three honorees embody the club’s motto of “Service Above Self” and made a positive impact in the life of others through their service and selfless dedication to the community.

“This was the first event the North Shore Rotary Club has hosted since March,” said Frank Wilkinson, Club President. “This annual tradition of recognizing our community heroes is something we look forward to each year.

“It couldn’t have been more fitting than to recognize these three ladies for their selfless dedication to Staten Island, especially during the last six months, where their service has certainly been above ones self.”


Carol Bullock, Executive Director of the Staten Island Pride Center, works tirelessly to build an inclusive community for all through her work at the Center. Since 2017, Carol has doubled the budget and staff of the Center and focuses on relationship building and development as she leads her team in living up to their values – community, brave space, inclusion, and allyship.

During the pandemic, while working in a new environment, the Center continues to offer as many services as possible and has been able to reach more of Staten Island’s LGBTQ Community through virtual services.


Annemarie Dowling-Castronovo and Deanna Di Bartolo are just two of Staten Island’s “Essential Workers,” who the club refers to as “Everyday Heroes.” Both women work at Northwell Health Staten Island University Hospital, and have worked tirelessly through the pandemic.

Castronovo has been a nurse since 1989 and currently practices as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner on the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team. She and her team work together with patients and other doctors to provide an extra layer of support to improve quality of life for patients and their families.

Di Bartolo graduated from the College of Staten Island in 2018, and after working at Silver Lake Nursing Home, accepted a Registered Nurse position in January 2020. While working, Di Bartolo was instrumental in aiding her own family during this time.

Her father, Charlie, tested positive for COVID-19, and suffered through multiple stints in and out of the hospital. Her family credits his survival to Deanna’s great care.

Previous recipients of the North Shore Rotary’s Service Above Self Unsung Heroes Recognition include Greta Andrade, Mary Louise Brown, Patrick Calvo, Nazareth Laursen, Patricia McGee, Beatrice Victor, Mary Voytus and Milton Zlotnick.


The North Shore Rotary Club has been serving the Staten Island Community since 1957 and meets weekly for fellowship and philanthropy. Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit

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