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More than 100 awards of Excellence and Merit for writing, multi-media communications programs, exhibits, sound, one-person efforts, community relations programs, employee publications, newspaper design, recruiting materials, and newspaper & special publications, International Association of Business Communicators, 1973 to present.  Partial listing below.

  • 2013 Silver Quill Award of Excellence to PufferPR for special programs for the re-branding of ACORD, Inc. 
  • The University of Maryland University College, two certificates of recognition: Notable Scholarly Activity in the Area of Professional Publications for being named a Fellow of IABC. 2013.
  •  2012 Silver Quill Award of Merit to the Connecticut Health Investigative Team and author, Barbara Puffer, for news writing.
  • International Association of Business Communicators Fellow distinction. 2012.
  • Teaching Recognition Award. University of Maryland University College. 2011.
  • U.S. Library of Congress Local Legacy Guilford Agricultural Society Fair Since 1859, Dedication 2010.
  • 2009 Silver Quill Award of Excellence for marketing materials called THE FACES OF SARAH. www.sarah-inc.org
  • International Association of Business Communicators, Region Leader of the Year, 2009.
  • American School for the Deaf Board of Directors, prestigious Award of Merit, in recognition of Barbara's 21 years of service on the Board including service as the first woman president in the late '90s. Presented October, 2007.
  • 2007 Silver Quill Award of Excellence for Special Event Communications.
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Ultimate Drive BMW Survivor Hero Award for volunteerism for breast cancer. June, 2007
  • Inducted into the Shriver Society honoring volunteers with long service in Special Olympics, Feb. 2007.
  • Silver Quill Award for Communications Programs (2002) and 4 Silver Quill Awards of Excellence for Annual Reports & Color Publications, (1998) IABC U.S. District 1, New England, New York, New Jersey & Eastern PA
  • International Association of Business Communicators Research Foundation Lifetime Foundation Friend Award, International Conference, Vancouver, B.C. June 2000.
  • St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation "Stamp Out Breast Cancer" Volunteer Award, June,1999.
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure and 10th Anniversary "Celebration of Life", Connecticut breast cancer survivor representative at the National Race and events at the home of Honorary Race Chairmen, Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore, June 1999.
  • Extraordinary Women of Connecticut Award presented by Clear Channel Radio and Bob Thomas Ford. May, 1999.
  • Positive Leadership Unselfish Service (PLUS) Award, from The Family Center, Inc., Bristol, CT. 39-town social service agency. Keynote address. Feb. 1999.
  • Special Olympics Hall of Fame, inaugural class, Sheila Schmidt Award for Volunteerism. Oct. 1998.
  • Chairman's Award, International Association of Business Communicators, Annual International Meeting in New Orleans. June, 1998.
  • Lou Bachman Memorial Award as Outstanding United Way Volunteer (Bristol, Plymouth, Burlington, CT), 1991.
  • Jean Kennedy Smith Founders Award, from Very Special Arts - Connecticut, 1997
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, youngest recipient ever, University of Bridgeport, 1987.
  • Communicator of the Year, Connecticut-IABC, 1983.
  • Internationally certified event director, clinician and coach, International Special Olympics, 1979.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Special Olympics, 1981 and 1983. Nominee 1993.
  • SNET Women in Leadership Award nominee, New Haven, Connecticut, YMCA. 1979.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut/IABC, 1975.
  • Who's Who in Outstanding Young Women of America, as well as Who's Who Outstanding Women of the World, of America, In the East, Emerging Leaders in America, Advertising, Public Relations, International Women, and Two Thousand Notable Women.

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