The Arc recognizes community partners at awards banquet
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.
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.