The Arc rec­og­nizes com­mu­nity part­ners at awards ban­quet

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The Arc South­ern Mary­land held its an­nual South­ern Mary­land Awards Ban­quet Dec. 7.

The cer­e­mony, which was at­tended by more than 300 peo­ple who sup­port or are em­ployed by The Arc South­ern Mary­land, rec­og­nized mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for their part­ner­ship and sup­port of The Arc’s mis­sion to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­de­pen­dence and per­sonal suc­cess for peo­ple with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties in in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties.

The re­cip­i­ents were in­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses whose ac­tions have had an out­stand­ing im­pact for in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties.

“We are grate­ful for the foun­da­tion of sup­port within our com­mu­nity which has al­lowed us to con­tinue the work we do for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties through­out South­ern Mary­land,” The Arc South­ern Mary­land CEO Terry Z. Long said in a re­lease. “The ded­i­ca­tion shown to­wards cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple we sup­port is un­ri­valed. It’s truly a gift to our or­ga­ni­za­tion and com­mu­nity as a whole.”

The Vol­un­teer of the Year Award was pre­sented to Roberta Par­ran from Calvert County Parks and Re­cre­ation.

Jen­nifer Ha­ley-Walker, a tran­si­tion spe­cial­ist with St. Mary’s County Pub­lic Schools, was named Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, Ha­ley-Walker has “been a great ad­vo­cate, part­ner­ing with The Arc to pro­vide sup­ports to stu­dents that are tran­si­tion­ing from school into adult­hood. She has been in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing the tran­si­tion process a pri­or­ity for St. Mary’s County stu­dents.” She has also been able to grow the Sum­mer Work-Based Learn­ing Pro­gram, which has pro­vided stu­dents with a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of dif­fer­ent job skills.

The Em­ployer of the Year Award went to Crothall Ser­vices, while Charles County Health Depart­ment Co­or­di­na­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices’ Christina Se­mego was named Pro­fes­sional of the Year.

The J. Pa­trick Collins Award was awarded to End Hunger in Calvert County Com­mu­nity Co­or­di­na­tor Ahna Miller

Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Awards were pre­sented to Com­cast, Do­min­ion Ener- gy Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, Bon­nie El­ward of South­ern Mary­land Com­mu­nity Re­sources, and Spe­cial Olympics vol­un­teer Kara Jor­dan.

Six of the 13 awards (some awards had mul­ti­ple re­cip­i­ents) rec­og­nized in­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses within the com­mu­nity and the re­main­der rec­og­nized the ef­forts and achieve­ments of peo­ple that sup­port or are em­ployed by The Arc.

The Per­sonal Achieve­ment award, given to an in­di­vid­ual served by The Arc South­ern Mary­land who has set goals and has ac­com­plished them, was awarded to Er­ica Young. Young works at Tif­fany’s Bak­ery and is fo­cused on her fu­ture.

Charles Wind­sor of St. Mary’s County was a nom­i­nee for the award. Wind­sor has a job de­liv­er­ing mail at the state Carter Build­ing in Leonard­town, and also vol­un­teers at sev­eral places, in­clud­ing Meals on Wheels, the Cedar Lane as­sisted liv­ing home, and the St. Mary’s County Adult Med­i­cal Day­care Cen­ter.

A cit­i­zen­ship award was given to Amy Small­wood, and an out­stand­ing em­ploy­ment award to Deyon Green­field along with nom­i­nee Bon­nie Still­man.

The em­ployee of the year award was pre­sented Ophe­lia Gray-Anunihu.

The Arc South­ern Mary­land Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Jen­nie Par­ran or­ga­nized the event, and the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees spon­sored and hosted the event.

For the com­plete list of The Arc South­ern Mary­land win­ners, go to www. arc­somd.org/award-win­ners-2018. For more on The Arc South­ern Mary­land, call 410-535-2413.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Jen­nifer Ha­ley-Walker, left, is pre­sented with The Arc’s Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year Award by The Arc South­ern Mary­land CEO Terry Z. Long, cen­ter, and Jac­que­line Loy.

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