ARC Gives Awards at Annual Dinner

(Madison County, NY) Madison Cortland ARC’s Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation were held Friday, June 4.

Senator David Valesky was the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award. Valesky was given this award for his continued support of Madison Cortland ARC’s mission. Over the years, Valesky has supported legislation that helps people with developmental disabilities, secured member item grants to improve services at Madison Cortland ARC and co-sponsored a transportation bill that gave Madison Oneida BOCES the ability to service Madison Cortland ARC’s bus fleet.

“During these difficult times with the NYS budget, Senator Valesky has personally made himself available to meet with the people ARC serves and their family members,” said Michael Bowe, President of Madison Cortland ARC. “He listened to their concerns and has advocated on their behalf and others with developmental disabilities.”

Kathy Campbell, who has worked at Madison Cortland ARC for over 20 years, directs the early intervention program, Early Learning Center and senior day habilitation program at Madison Cortland ARC. She received the 2010 Executive Directors Award.

“When trying to select a recipient for this year’s award, I thought of all the people I come into contact with here at Madison Cortland ARC. So many people have outstanding qualities that enrich the lives of people we serve. They give of themselves and that is so truly amazing,” said Raymond Lewandowski, Executive Director of Madison Cortland ARC.

Jim Cooke of Chittenango was the recipient of the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award.

This award is presented annually to an individual who has been an outstanding volunteer. The individual must demonstrate dedication and respect for the dignity of people with disabilities. Hours and length of service are also considering factors.

For the past two and a half year, Cooke has provided his photographic talents to Madison Cortland ARC in a number of ways. Cooke volunteers as a photographer for the public relations department, but more importantly, he teaches a weekly photography class to people Madison Cortland ARC serves.

Alternatives Industry of Madison Cortland ARC awarded Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation (MAC) the 2010 Business Appreciation Award.

MAC is a not-for-profit company that provides non-academic services to Morrisville State College. MAC owns and operates Nelson Farms, Morrisville IcePlex, and the Copper Turret Restaurant.

“Morrisville Auxiliary has been instrumental in providing our food processing division with guidance and insight in running a food processing operation,” said Michael Hulland, Associate Director of Enterprise at Madison Cortland ARC. “It has been a happy partnership.”

Alternatives Vocational Services (AVS) at Madison Cortland ARC has chosen Sodexho at Colgate University as the recipient of the 2010 Employer of the Year Award.

Participants in Madison Cortland ARC’s AVS program have had successful job placement and received employment coaching services from AVS while working at Colgate University, said Jim Thompson, Vocational Services Manager at AVS.

Currently, three people are receiving services through AVS work at Colgate’s dining hall.

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