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September 19, 2018

OCO Recognizes Exceptional Staff Members


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FULTON, NY – For more than 40 years, Oswego County Opportunities has been helping people, supporting communities, and changing lives.

At a special evening, held recently at the Oasis at Thunder Island, OCO recognized the efforts and accomplishments of its dedicated staff and honored their Outstanding Employee Award winners for their contributions to the agency.

The Outstanding Employee Award recipients were chosen by their peers.  From left are: Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier; Michelle Canfield (Developmentally Disabled Division); Denise Fidotta (Transitional Living); Judy Parker (Senior Services); Lynne Boyce (Transportation); Kathleen Knopp (Youth Services); Beth Thompson (Transitional Living); and Director of Operations, Sarah Irland.  Absent from the photo are recipients: Jennifer Delmar (Youth Services); Charlie Meeker (Administration); and Heather Pepper and Mary Stancampiano (Children's Services).

The Outstanding Employee Award recipients were chosen by their peers. From left are: Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier; Michelle Canfield (Developmentally Disabled Division); Denise Fidotta (Transitional Living); Judy Parker (Senior Services); Lynne Boyce (Transportation); Kathleen Knopp (Youth Services); Beth Thompson (Transitional Living); and Director of Operations, Sarah Irland. Absent from the photo are recipients: Jennifer Delmar (Youth Services); Charlie Meeker (Administration); and Heather Pepper and Mary Stancampiano (Children

Recipients of the agency’s prestigious Outstanding Employee Award are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee based on the following criteria / attributes: acts as a positive advocate for consumers; displays resourcefulness; respects boundaries; demonstrates empathy; meet’s customer’s needs; shows a commitment to those they serve; contributes to the empowerment of others.

In 2008, OCO honored 10 employees with the Outstanding Employee Award.

“I’m pleased that we were able to recognize our hard-working employees during this celebration in their honor. The recipients of our Outstanding Employee Awards are truly exceptional people and are an excellent example of the caring and dedicated employees that we are fortunate to have here at OCO, ” said Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of OCO.

More than 300 employees and supporters attended the Italian Bistro style event.

In addition to the awards, attendees were treated to a very special performance, courtesy of AXA, OCO’s retirement plan provider, by regionally known comic, Nelson Addison.

Addison, who has cerebral palsy, offered an entertaining performance that showcased the softer side of persons with disabilities.

OCO Inc. is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency, supported by United Way, and includes seven service divisions – Senior Services, Transportation, Mental Hygiene, Health, Youth, Services to Aid Families, and Children’s.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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