Ramonita Morales, a custodian with The Osborne Association in the Bronx, has been named a 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient.
Ramonita’s story is compelling, for despite enduring significant challenges with a history of substance use and an extended period of incarceration before her return to the workforce, she has emerged as a reliable and diligent contributor to Osborne’s Janitorial Maintenance Business, as well as an exemplary motivator to the rest of its staff.
In Ramonita’s five years of service with Osborne, her swift promotion to a position of leadership within Janitorial Maintenance Services has had little to do with luck, and much to do with her competence, skill in working with others, and aptitude for learning. “I’ve learned so much throughout my transitions, from porter, then an opportunity to become an experienced porter, and now I’m a crew chief.”
Fifteen New York City and Long Island residents with disabilities are among 60 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers recognized through New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc’s. (NYSID) annual people-centered awards program.
In its 12th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized nearly 600 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.
In addition to Ramonita, the Outstanding Performers for 2015 from New York City and Long Island are:
Gerard Acer, Jawonio (New City), custodial
Mark Bolton, PSCH (College Point), porter
Marcia Drummond, Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern
NJ/GoodTemps (Astoria), clerical
Samantha Jones, Access: Supports for Living (Middletown), porter
Alkebulan (Al) Ladson, American Maintenance (Babylon), custodial/maintenance
Ronald McBride, Terranova Fine Landscapes, Inc. (Center Moriches), landscaping
Cristian Muzzio, Arc of Westchester/eDocNY (White Plains), custodial
Lora Pearlman, SullivanArc/Sullivan Industries (Monticello), paper towel assembly
William Skerrett, The Corporate Source (New York City), custodial
Lorraine Thomas, Maryhaven Center of Hope (Port Jefferson Station), document preparation
James Walker, AHRC New York City (New York City), custodial
Corey Wenstad, Fedcap (New York City), custodial
Kevin Woodson, The Rehabilitation Institute/TRI Business & Career
Center (Westbury), building maintenance/hospitality
Daniel Zinke, AHRC Nassau (Freeport), lawn care/snow removal
NYSID also has named Great Neck Public Schools its Local Customer of the Year, and Carlstrom & Ritter in Kings Point its Corporate Partner of the Year.
“NYSID has been turning business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities for 40 years, and we are proud to recognize this year’s group of Joslin Outstanding Performers,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “As NYSID celebrates ’40 Years of Looking Forward’ during this anniversary year, these individuals and organizations provide incredible examples of how much New York State benefits by having a workforce that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.”
NYSID will coordinate NYSID Works! A Community “Thank You” Event on Thursday, September 17 to thank New York State for creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities –– a celebration of work by working. In appreciation for thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, NYSID will join its member agencies and corporate partners in a day of volunteer service by cleaning parks and beautifying communities across New York State.
The 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients and all 2015 Joslin Outstanding Performers will be honored during NYSID’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at 5 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. That evening, NYSID will conclude its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding.
Congratulations to Ramonita and the 2015 Joslin Outstanding Performers from New York City/Long Island. We previously announced the Joslin Outstanding Performers from Central New York, including Michelle Wolfe from The Arc of Madison Cortland/Alternatives Industry, a 2015 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient.