Annual Board of Directors Recognition Event
The Arc of Greater Plymouth held its' Annual Board of Directors Recognition Event on June 11th at the Plymouth Yacht Club. The Keynote Speaker was Larry Tummino, the Deputy Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Development Services. Deputy Tummino spoke eloquently about the dark history of the institutionalization of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and the progression of individuals now living independently in our communities with the services and supports needed to live a full and rich life.
Recognition Awards include:
$500 Scholarships for graduating seniors who have demonstrated commitment to the human services field, through their friendships, mentoring, volunteering that foster greater community inclusion of people with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities. Recipients of the scholarship include the following students; Sydney Lambert, Hanover; Colleen Fallon, Duxbury; Alexander Moody, Plymouth South; Gabrielle Sears, Plymouth North and Colby Goodall, Rising Tide.
$500 Inspired Teacher Grants awarded to teachers who promote inclusion in their classrooms in creative ways. This year grants were awarded to Geraldine Thissell, Federal Furnace elementary, Plymouth; Rachel Bates, school psychologist Federal Furnace elementary, Plymouth; Susan Carey, Manomet elementary, Plymouth; Jennifer Mulvaney, Manomet elementary, Plymouth; Pamela Borgeson, Hanover High; Alice Boyle, Hanover High; Courtney Viveiros, Kingston Intermediate and Nicole Schiro, Martinson Elementary, Marshfield.
Dave Mccaffrey, General Manager of Olive Garden in Plymouth received the Employment Services of the Year award for providing an integrated work environment inclusive to all within the community.AD Makepeace received a Community Partner Award for its' continued support and partnership of the "Arc Recycling Center."
The Food Distribution Center at South Shore Community Action Council also received a Community Partner Award for its' continued support for the Arc Food Pantry at Algonquin Heights.
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Westwood Village in Plymouth for their assistance with mailings; support of the Holiday Giving Tree program; purchase of backpacks and donations to our food pantry.
The Employment Services Individual of the Year was awarded to Leigh- Ann Barry for her continued personal growth, her commitment to advocacy and her standard of excellence in the areas of volunteerism, learning and work.
The Arc of Greater Plymouth Employee of the Year was awarded to Jude MacIvar and Garrett Olson. Jude is a nurse in the Adult Family Care program and Garrett is the Vocational specialist at the Arc's employment division Archways Enterprises.