Meg Henderson Receives OCO’s Whelahan Award

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier has announced that Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers program was honored with the agency’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during OCO’s Annual Meeting held April 27 at The Foundry in Oswego.

Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers program was honored as the recipient of OCO’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: Meg Henderson; Director of OCO Education Services Beth Kazel; OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier; and OCO President of OCO’s Board of Directors Connie Cosemento.
Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers program was honored as the recipient of OCO’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: Meg Henderson; Director of OCO Education Services Beth Kazel; OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier; and OCO President of OCO’s Board of Directors Connie Cosemento.

Presented annually, and selected by the Board of Directors, OCO’s Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award recognizes a staff member who has made outstanding contributions to OCO and the Human Services profession.

The award is given in the memory of Amelia Whelahan, a dedicated and committed member of Oswego County Opportunities family for many years.

She served on the agency’s board of directors, its planning and evaluation committee, and as its president.

For her many contributions and accomplishments, the board of directors recognizes her memory by honoring a distinguished employee with this award each year.

Hederson joined the OCO staff in 2012 when OCO acquired the Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County program.

Through her former position as respite director for the Oswego YMCA, Henderson had become quite familiar with Literacy Volunteers as well as many of OCO’s programs.

She liked the way Literacy Volunteers was improving the lives of so many people.

“When I saw that Literacy Volunteers was looking for a coordinator I knew that with my background and education it would be a great fit for me,” said Henderson.  “I also wanted to work for OCO as I knew of the many great programs and services they offered and that it is the leading community action agency in Oswego County.”

As coordinator of Literacy Volunteers Henderson oversees and program that has helped hundreds of individuals fulfill their dreams of being able to read and write as well as learning basic math and computer skills.

Additionally, Henderson is responsible for establishment of one of the area’s most enjoyable events, Scrabble Fest.

“Meg is instrumental in ensuring that adult literacy education is available in Oswego County,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “As the lead person for the Central New York Literacy Consortium Meg is the go to person for colleagues in the central and northern region for adult education. Her ability to conduct outreach, recruit and train tutors and students is immeasurable. She ensures the success of Literacy Volunteers by identifying the needs of her students, prioritizing what should be addressed first, and recommending other programs that would be beneficial to the learner.”

Henderson was also praised for championing the work of Literacy Volunteers and sharing information about the program with United Way and other organizations.

“In recognition of Meg’s contributions to OCO and our community, her commitment to Literacy Volunteers, and the leadership she provides to her tutors and students, I am proud to honor her as the recipient of this year’s Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award,” said Cooper-Currier.