Submitted by ARC of Oswego County
FULTON, NY – ARC of Oswego County is accepting nominations for the 2011 Dr. John Readling Award, now through April 8. The winner of the award will formally receive the honor at the ARC Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the Oswego Elks Club.
The Dr. John Readling Award is awarded annually to someone whose efforts have made a positive and significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Oswego County, as nominated by ARC of Oswego County chapter members. Dr. Readling, who devoted many years and countless hours to such efforts, helped to shape ARC of Oswego County and its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., into the fine organizations that daily help people with developmental disabilities, and mental or physical challenges. Nominees must have a current or past direct affiliation with ARC of Oswego County or Oswego Industries, Inc. to be eligible for this award.
Nominees can be a current or former employee, a volunteer, or a community advocate that has worked with either agency. Nominees do not have to have held a management position to be eligible. If a nomination has been submitted in the past, and that person has not yet been selected, they can be nominated again. Weight is given to candidates who receive multiple nominations. Past winners of this award include: Cherryl Grant, Elizabeth Vaught, Carol Alfieri, Freda Bowman, Patrick Devendorf, and Casmir Usiatynski.
Any current chapter member of ARC of Oswego County is eligible to submit a nomination for the Dr. John Readling Award prior to April 8, 2011. Non-members wishing to nominate a candidate can submit $5 in chapter dues with their nomination, to become a member along with submitting their nominee.
For more information about nominating an award candidate, becoming a chapter member, or the Dr. John Readling Award, call Stephanie Crowley at ARC of Oswego County at (315) 598-3108.
ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1953. Services include Early Intervention and evaluation services for infants and toddlers, guardianship assistance, recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.