SYRACUSE, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ In a ceremony in Albany on September 21, New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) awarded the 2009 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award to Mike Miles, a Syracuse resident who works in the Custodial division at Oswego Industries, Inc. A local ceremony will be held for Miles and his coworkers at the CNY DSO offices on Wilbur Avenue on Monday, October 19, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anyone with a disability can achieve accomplishments,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Mike in his acceptance speech at the Albany event. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you can work, you should do so. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a wonderful feeling, the sense of achievement you can attain.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Each year, approximately 50 candidates from across the state are chosen as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Outstanding PerformersÃ¢â‚¬Â for the Joslin Awards; from among these, NYSID chooses one to receive their top award, celebrating personal success in both the workplace and at home. Although many Oswego Industries, Inc. employees have been named as Outstanding Performers, this is the first time an employee has won this top honor.
In addition to having a strong work ethic and a perfect attendance record, Mike is popular among coworkers and customers for his friendly manner, good sense of humor, and willingness to help whenever needed. Mike also helps his neighbors at his apartment building, assisting elderly tenants and those with limited mobility by running errands, doing laundry, and walking with tenants late at night for security.
Oswego Industries, Inc. has built a reputation over the past 40 years for dependable and reliable service to its customers. Located in Fulton, New York, the organization offers a wide variety of manufacturing, warehousing, assembly, custodial, and shipping services to industry, medical, and government partners across the country. As a private, not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program, Oswego Industries, Inc. has been providing programs and services to adults with disabilities since 1968: including pre-vocational and vocational training, and sustained employment to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. Most recently, Oswego Industries, Inc. was named winner of the Chamber of Commerce Not-For-Profit of the Year Award for 2009. For more information, visit the organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website at www.OswegoIndustriesInc.com.