Charles County em­ploy­ers rec­og­nized for ‘do­ing the right thing’

Six busi­nesses given Em­ployer Awards for hir­ing, nur­tur­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties

Maryland Independent - - Business - By DARWIN WEIGEL dweigel@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @somd_bized­i­tor

Charles County em­ploy­ers were rec­og­nized last week for em­ploy­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, or as the county’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor put it, giv­ing “the op­por­tu­nity to strive to achieve.”

“Just give us a chance,” said Robert S. Wat­son, who has cere­bral palsy and has risen from his first job as a clerk at a Brandy­wine liquor store to start­ing his own busi­nesses and serv­ing on the boards of oth­ers. “Hope­fully you can see through me in my achieve­ments what you can do with just that one step up.”

The Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance hosted its sec­ond an­nual em­ployer awards break­fast May 18 at New Life Church in La Plata. The al­liance gave em­ployer awards to six busi­nesses and rec­og­nized 25 oth­ers with cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Charles County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Dar­rell Brown spoke to the crowd of 60 or so em­ploy­ers, em­ploy­ees and so­cial ser­vice work­ers and thanked busi­ness own­ers for “do­ing the right thing.”

“We thank them for do­ing the right thing,” Brown said, re­fer­ring to the six award win­ners and the 25 busi­nesses given ap­pre­ci­a­tion cer­tifi­cates. “It’s do­ing the right thing. But they’re do­ing some­thing they might not get credit for — that is pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity.”

“We’re all hu­man be­ings. We want to strive to be the best we can be,” he said, riff­ing off what Wat­son had said ear­lier.

“It’s not about sym­pa­thy,“he said. “They want the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete and com­pete fairly.”

Speak­ing to the em­ploy­ees, he said “you’re no dif­fer­ent than any­one else. You’re per­fect for the job.”

“Be coura­geous. Be coura­geous like Mr. Wat­son.”

Be­fore the awards pre­sen­ta­tion, the al­liance’s Suzie Miller, the South­ern Mary­land su­per­vi­sor for the state’s Di­vi­sion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser vices, wanted to rec­og­nize the em­ployer’s role in help­ing give that “one step up.”

“It’s the em­ploy­ers who shine and of­fer [peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties] the abil­ity to shine,” she said.

The six award re­cip­i­ents were MGM Ser­vices, Ap­ple Spice Junc­tion, Jeremy Camp­bell of Charles County Pub­lic Schools, Dat Jerk Caribbean Char­grill, Cafe Rio and Vo­celli Pizza.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY DARWIN WEIGEL

Bran­don Gar­ner gives a thumbs up af­ter ac­cept­ing the Charles County Pub­lic Schools Em­ployer Award on be­half of his em­ployer, Ap­ple Spice Junc­tion, on Wed­nes­day at the sec­ond an­nual Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance em­ployer award break­fast at New Life Church in La Plata. At left is the al­liance’s Suzie Miller, South­ern Mary­land su­per­vi­sor for the Mary­land Di­vi­sion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices, and, cen­ter, Deb­bie St. Clair of the school sys­tem.

Max Ro­fougar of Vo­celli Pizza ac­cepts the Spring Dell Cen­ter, Inc. Em­ployer Award from em­ployee Laura Ott, right, on Wed­nes­day at the sec­ond an­nual Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance em­ployer award break­fast at New Life Church in La Plata. At cen­ter is Tina Sh­eff of Spring Dell Cen­ter.

Christo­pher An­der­son, left, pre­sents the Arc of South­ern Mary­land Em­ployer Award to his boss Harold Juarez of MGM Ser­vices on Wed­nes­day at the sec­ond an­nual Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance em­ployer award break­fast at New Life Church in La Plata. In the back­ground is the al­liance’s Suzie Miller, South­ern Mary­land su­per­vi­sor for the Mary­land Di­vi­sion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices.

Shel­ley Mitchell, right, of New Hori­zons ac­cepts the New Hori­zons Sup­port Ser­vices Em­ployer Award on be­half of em­ployer Dat Jerk Caribbean Char­grill on Wed­nes­day at the sec­ond an­nual Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance em­ployer award break­fast at New Life Church in La Plata. At cen­ter is Suzie Miller of the al­liance and at left is New Hori­zons’ Cyn­thia Swift-King .

Charles County Pub­lic Schools hu­man re­source spe­cial­ist Jeremy Camp­bell, left, ac­cepts the Mel­wood Em­ployer Award on be­half of the sys­tem on Wed­nes­day at the sec­ond an­nual Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance em­ployer award break­fast at New Life Church in La Plata. From cen­ter are Suzie Miller, South­ern Mary­land su­per­vi­sor for Mary­land Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vice, and Jack Cary and Eboni Bor­den of Mel­wood.

Lan­guage trans­la­tor Jose Me­d­ina ac­cepts the Path­ways, Inc. Em­ployer Award on be­half of Cafe Rio on Wed­nes­day at the sec­ond an­nual Charles County Job De­vel­op­ers’ Al­liance em­ployer award break­fast at New Life Church in La Plata. At left are Ni­cole Slick and Am­ber Drake of Path­ways.

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