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Community Champion Award Presented To OMS Teacher, Friends of Great Bear

Oswego, NY- Recognizing Oswego County committed the month of February to finding individuals and groups that went above and beyond to promote outdoor exercise and highlight the winter resources the county has to offer.

With many county health issues stemming from concerns over obesity, Recognizing Oswego County sought out champions that found a way to let the winter weather help, and not hinder, local recreational activities.

Included in the photo are (holding the certificates from left to right) Catherine Celeste, OMS teacher awardee, Abby Jenkins ROC co-chair, Dick Drosse, representative for Friends of Great Bear awardee, and Pat Powers-Burdick, ROC co-chair.  Other individuals are members of the Friends of Great Bear and representation from the City of Fulton and the Town of Volney that jointly own the land Great Bear is on.
Included in the photo are (holding the certificates from left to right) Catherine Celeste, OMS teacher awardee, Abby Jenkins ROC co-chair, Dick Drosse, representative for Friends of Great Bear awardee, and Pat Powers-Burdick, ROC co-chair. Other individuals are members of the Friends of Great Bear and representation from the City of Fulton and the Town of Volney that jointly own the land Great Bear is on.

Staying active all year round helps to decrease obesity and other health risks.

Several nominations for winter recreation community champions were received from the community.

This particular month netted an individual Community Champion, Catherine Celeste, and an Organization Community Champion, the Friends of Great Bear.

Celeste is an Oswego Middle School science teacher and OMS Cross Country Ski Club Advisor. She was nominated as a community champion for her work using the social media tool, Facebook, to find donated ski equipment for youth to use in her program.

She was noted as going above and beyond to find additional equipment to give local children the opportunity to learn how to cross country ski and enjoy the trails around OMS.

Many said this is an opportunity some children may never have been able to have if it wasn’t for Celeste working to promote and encourage the community to get involved and donate gently used ski equipment.

Keeping children active and giving them opportunities to experience new recreational activities helps to combat the childhood obesity rates of the county.

The Friends of Great Bear is a volunteer group formed at the invitation of the town of Volney and the city of Fulton to help maintain Great Bear Springs recreational property.

Great Bear Springs is a non-motorized four season, multiuse community recreational area that is located on County Route 57, just 3.6 miles south of Fulton.

This all-volunteer group works together to build new trails, maintain 5k and 10k course circuits and encourage the use of the 400 acre property.  Providing community space for recreation during the winter encourages family physical activity all year long, creating healthier communities.

For more information of the Friends of Great Bear please visit http://friendsofgreatbear.org

For the month of March Recognizing Oswego County is looking to solicit nominations of exceptional individuals or organizations working to improve the community through literacy awareness.

Nominations can range from a neighbor that started a local book club to an organization that creates programming to help people learn to read.

To nominate a person or group for recognition for March, contact Pat Powers-Burdick at 315-592-4143 ext. 3010, or Abby Jenkins at [email protected] or 315-343-2344 ext. 21.

Community members can also post to Recognizing Oswego County’s Facebook page wall.

Nominations are due by March 11.

Recognizing Oswego County is a community group working to combat county health issues by highlighting the positive and existing resources Oswego County has to offer. Each month the group will focus on a new health or community topic to bring awareness and support to existing efforts.