NYSID celebrates 40th anniversary year, recognizes statewide work on Preferred Source contracts
Albany– Twenty Capital Region/Hudson Valley area New Yorkers with disabilities are among 60 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers recognized through NYSID's annual people-centered awards program.
The Outstanding Performers for 2015 from the Capital Region/Hudson Valley are:
- Scott Bascue, Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (Glens Falls), packaging/production
- Jody Bombard, Fulton County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Lexington Center (Gloversville), packaging/assembly
- Shyheem Chambers, Northeast Career Planning/The Norton Center, Inc. (Menands), custodial
- Rachel Closs, The Arc of Delaware County/Resources for Industry (Walton), clipboard assembly
- Timothy Durrin, Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries (Schoharie), packaging/labeling
- Kera Ernst, Focused Technologies (Menands), document imaging
- Christine Hitchcock, The Arc of Ulster‐Greene/Pilot Industries (Kingston), drug test kit assembly
- Jeremy Hotaling, Liberty/Montgomery County Chapter NYSARC, Inc. (Amsterdam), office products assembly
- Michael Hubert, Essex County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Mountain Lake Industries (Mineville), picnic table construction
- Garry Lane, The Arc of Rensselaer County (Troy), production/assembly
- Kathie McFarland, Columbia County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Coarc (Mellenville), material handler/receptionist/driver
- Freida Moore, Gateway Community Industries, Inc. (Kingston), custodial
- Paul Roes, Schenectady ARC/Pine Ridge Industries (Schenectady), document destruction
- Donna Sabatino, Herkimer ARC/Herkimer Industries (Herkimer), uniform manufacturing
- Donald Stallings, The Altamont Program, Inc. (Schenectady), custodial
- Shamar Stenson, Warren-Washington-Albany Counties Chapter NYSARC, Inc. (Albany/Queensbury), custodial
- Richard Whaley, Center for Disability Services (Albany), production
- Carolyn Williams, eBizDocs (Menands), document preparation
- Sadie Williams, Rehabilitation Support Services (Albany), custodial
- Marshall Zeray, Image Data, Inc. (Albany), document preparation
Each Outstanding Perfomer will be recognized with a $500 cash award and a certificate of recognition, and will be included in the 2015 Joslin Yearbook. NYSID also has named the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs its New York State Customer of the Year, and Rehabilitation Support Services in Albany its Member Agency of the Year.
The 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients, Customer of the Year and Member Agency of the Year will be honored during NYSID's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at 5 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. That evening, NYSID will conclude its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding.
"NYSID has been turning business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities for 40 years, and we are proud to recognize this year's group of Joslin Outstanding Performers," said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. "As NYSID celebrates '40 Years of Looking Forward' during this anniversary year, these individuals and organizations provide incredible examples of how much New York State benefits by having a workforce that is inclusive of persons with disabilities."
NYSID will coordinate NYSID Works! A Community "Thank You" Event on Thursday, September 17 to thank New York State for creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities –– a celebration of work by working. In appreciation for thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, NYSID will join its member agencies and corporate partners in a day of volunteer service by cleaning parks and beautifying communities across New York State. In addition to six projects by NYSID member agencies across the Capital Region, NYSID will perform beautification of Vale Park at miSci, 15 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in collaboration with NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-111), Schenectady Arc and Puzzles Bakery.
Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) Not for Profit which creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. Its offerings are approved by the NYS Office of General Services and include janitorial, document imaging, industrial laundry, office temps, and other services, as well as a wide range of products assembled, packaged and/or manufactured by people with disabilities. NYSID's community rehabilitation member agencies and private sector business partners are located throughout the state, providing vocational assistance programs to their respective communities. For more information, visit http://www.nysid.org