Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities, Diane Cooper-Currier has announced that Lawrence Fisher II was recently honored with the agency’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during OCO’s annual board meeting held April 25 at Springside at Seneca Hill.
Presented annually, the 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.
“This year, I am proud to say that we had many outstanding nominees. While they were all worthy of the award, I am happy to honor Lawrence Fisher II as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award. As manger for our PATH Program, Lawrence encourages teamwork and is a solid resource and problem solver to whom others look to for information and guidance. His calm leadership in crisis and ever-changing situations, his integrity and his understanding of ethical boundaries makes Lawrence truly worthy of this award,” said Cooper-Currier.
A 10-year employee of OCO, Fisher was introduced to the agency by serving an internship with the PATH Program and volunteered more than 150 hours. During his career at OCO Fisher has been recognized for his many accomplishments having received an Unsung Hero award for positively impacting lives of children and an Outstanding Employee award for his work to increase awareness of the struggles of runaway and homeless youth.
An active member of the community, Fisher volunteers numerous hours in endeavors throughout the county in support of youth and youth programming. He also serves on OCO’s agency relations and service delivery redesign teams. Additionally, he serves on the Alumni Coordinator Board for Delta-Sigma-Phi to recruit fraternity members and carry on the legacy of community awareness, involvement, and volunteerism.
A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each. One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 650 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1200. OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives. For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org