St. Lawrence NYSARC Honors Successful Employment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - In honor of March's National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, St. Lawrence NYSARC (, announced that William Briggs was awarded the distinction of "Joslin Outstanding Performer," from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID.) Several individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities were also honored by St. Lawrence NYSARC for their years of successful employment.

Briggs works on NYSID Preferred Source contracts as an employee in St.
Lawrence NYSARC's Confidential Services program. He is one of 50 New Yorkers with disabilities being acknowledged for consistent, impressive performance. NYSID is a not-for-profit organization with over 30 years of experience meeting the purchasing needs of government agencies while advancing employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.

St. Lawrence NYSARC was proud to recognize the following employees for many years of service to different employers throughout St. Lawrence County: 10 Years - Paul Caloren, Jodie Sabid, Brent Sullivan, Herbert Waugh, Sandra Whitford, and Fred Wing. William Adams and Debra Delisle were honored with service awards for 15 years of dedicated work. The four people acknowledged for 20 or more years of quality service included: Duane Breyette, Wilma
Carpenter, Arnold Jackson, and Roger Smith.

Susan Garvey received recognition for 35 years of service working at St.
Joseph's Home in Ogdensburg, NY. This achievement is a wonderful example of a successful community job placement. Garvey was recognized for her longstanding commitment and work ethic.

This recognition comes in conjunction with National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, a federally mandated designation that calls attention to the issues people with disabilities face, including improving employment opportunities, accommodation, and inclusion in community activities.

St. Lawrence NYSARC considers it a priority to show employers that people with disabilities are a vital part of the workforce. Through Career Opportunities, the Agency offers employment services that include job coaching, job development, and benefits management. To learn more, visit us online, on Facebook or call 315-379-9531.

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In the photo from left to right: John Morrison, Director of Seaway Industries; William Briggs, Joslin Outstanding Performer; Betty Mullaney, Records Retention Coordinator, and James Love, Associate Executive Director of Day Services.

About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency's mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.

Michelle Quinell
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations St. Lawrence NYSARC

March 11, 2013