Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Executive Director of Oswego County Opportunities, Diane Cooper-Currier has announced that Stephanie Meeker was recently honored with the agency’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award during OCO’s Annual Meeting held April 24 at Springside at Seneca Hill.
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 Stephanie Meeker as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award. As a case specialist with our OPTIONS program, Stephanie is known for her outstanding contributions to OCO and the OPTIONS program. Through positive role modeling, advocacy, a caring demeanor, and a person-centered approach, Stephanie effectively changes the lives of the adolescents and families that she serves,” said Cooper-Currier.
Meeker, who joined OCO in 2010 as a part time youth worker in OCO’s Horizon House, soon advanced to lead youth worker before being named to her current position as a case specialist for OCO Crisis and Development Services’ OPTIONS, a program to assist youth in gaining health care, educational attainment, job readiness, pediatric care and life skills. Throughout her career at OCO Meeker has continued her desire for learning as she has obtained her Masters Degree in Psychology and regularly pursues additional training opportunities.
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