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September 25, 2018

OCO presents Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award


Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities, Diane Cooper-Currier has announced that Betsy Copps was recently honored with the agency’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during OCO’s Annual Meeting held April 23 at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Betsy Copps, director of information and compliance for Oswego County Opportunities, was honored as the recipient of OCO’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during the agency’s annual meeting. OCO’s Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award is given annually to a staff member who has made outstanding contributions to OCO and the Human Services profession.  From left are: OCO board president Connie Cosemento, Copps, and executive director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Betsy Copps, director of information and compliance for Oswego County Opportunities, was honored as the recipient of OCO’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during the agency’s annual meeting. OCO’s Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award is given annually to a staff member who has made outstanding contributions to OCO and the Human Services profession. From left are: OCO board president Connie Cosemento, Copps, and executive director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Presented annually, 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 the Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. 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.

“I am proud to say that we had many outstanding nominees for this year’s award. While they were all worthy of the award, I am happy to honor Betsy Copps, director of information and compliance, as this year’s recipient of our Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award. Betsy’s ability to meet challenges with enthusiasm and her ‘can-do’ attitude has helped her position OCO well with strong compliance, public relations, and safety programs. Her talent, judgment, and experience are invaluable to our agency and those we serve,” said OCO Executive Director, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Copps, who joined OCO in 2009, has overseen the development of the agency’s corporate compliance, safety and public relations programs.  She was responsible for carrying forward such projects as development of a new logo and website, safety plan, OCO’s foray into social media, and a corporate compliance system that has seen OCO recognized for its efforts during numerous audits and reviews.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 650 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives. For more information, visit www.oco.org

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