Integrated Community Planning Celebrates 30 Year Milestone

OSWEGO – Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County, Inc., recently recognized its 30th anniversary as a non-profit agency in Oswego County.

ICP commemorated this milestone with a celebration held at the Oswego YMCA last week.

Getting its start as the Oswego County Child Care Council in 1987, ICP has evolved over the past 30 years, becoming incorporated into ICP in 2001, expanding its vision and scope, and broadening its programs and services to the community.

Administering a variety of grants and programs throughout the past 30 years, ICP’s current divisions include the Tobacco Free Network of CNY, the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, and the Child Care & Development Council of Oswego County where its roots began.

“While various programs have come and gone, ICP has remained strong with a mission of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Oswego County,” said Christina Wilson, executive director of ICP. “As a non-profit, being a viable entity and providing needed services to the community for 30 years is an achievement to be celebrated.”

ICP’s anniversary event kicked off with networking and hors d’oeuvres. With guests in attendance ranging from child care providers, law enforcement personnel, businesses and partner organizations, there was a true cross section of the community represented to join in the celebration.

Brandy Koproski, the Child Care & Development Council Programs coordinator, recognized the registered and licensed Child Care Providers for their dedication to the early care and learning for our youngest population.

Koproski spoke about the important role providers have which goes beyond enabling parents to get to work and support their families, but providing high quality care and learning environments where children can develop and thrive.

Joseph Wicks, the Community Engagement coordinator for the Tobacco Free Network, recognized Holly Carpenter on behalf of the Fulton Housing Authority, for their efforts this past year in making their property smoke-free.

The Tobacco Free Network focuses on making communities healthier through policy education.

Five law enforcement officers were recognized for their individual accomplishments over the last year by their supervisors and Jessica McGiff, the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board coordinator.

Recipients included New York State Police Trooper Justin Morrison; Oswego County Sheriff Deputy Joe Taylor; Oswego County Sheriff Deputy Kristy Crast; Fulton City Police Officer Thomas Pappa; and Oswego City Police Department Officer Chelsea Giovo.

A special award was given in memory of former Oswego County Traffic Safety Board coordinator, Billie Crandall Brady, by her husband, Dennis Brady.

The Billie Crandall Brady Award was given to STOP-DWI Coordinator, Robert Lighthall, who has been an instrumental advocate for the Traffic Safety Program.

This award is given to the community members who personify the drive and passion that Billie had to educate and advocate for traffic safety.

Students from CiTi Culinary Arts program were on hand to serve some hors d’oeuvres they prepared for the celebration.

Sponsorship from Compass Credit Union, the Fitzgibbons Agency, Kaplan Early Learning Company, and Ashley Lynn Winery helped make this event a success.