#EmploymentEmpowers was a fitting theme for NYSID’s Annual Meeting on September 21 at The Saratoga Hilton, as individuals employed on Preferred Source contracts, not-for-profits, small businesses, New York State agencies and municipal agencies were all recognized for their work to create jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities.
Jerry Williams, who works in packaging/labeling with Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries in Schoharie, and Brian Mann, a document destruction technician with Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries in Rochester, were honored as 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients.
The William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award is NYSID’s most prestigious people-centered award. In its 13th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized more than 650 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 15 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.
“I really like the hours and the people I work with,” Jerry Williams said. “And the money I earn helps me support my family, pay our bills and buy the things we need.”
“I like being nominated for this award because it means that people notice my hard work and achievements, and that I do my job right,” Brian Mann said. “If I didn’t have a job, I would be bored and sad. I would miss being busy at work, my paycheck, co-workers and staff.”
In 2016, NYSID has recognized 59 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers statewide. This includes New Yorkers with disabilities in the following regions: 21 Capital Region/Hudson Valley residents; 15 New York City and Long Island residents; 12 Western New Yorkers; and 11 Central New Yorkers.
“NYSID secures meaningful employment for all New Yorkers with disabilities who look to Preferred Source opportunities to choose an employment direction,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “In doing so, we salute the 2016 Joslin Outstanding Performers as ambassadors of the wide-ranging abilities of New York State’s workforce.”
NYSID also presented the following awards during its Annual Meeting:
Special Recognition Award (co-recipients): Joseph Scorza and Richard Whaley, Center for Disability Services
Joseph and Richard joined NYSID at a NYS Procurement Council meeting on May 25 and testified about the importance of their mail processing jobs.
Legislative Preferred Source Champion Award (co-recipients): NYS Senator Catharine Young (R/I/C-Olean) and NYS Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam)
Senator Young and Assemblymember Santabarbara were recognized for their willingness to advocate for individuals with disabilities in their community.
Member Agency of the Year: TRI Business & Career Center (Nassau County)
Corporate Partner of the Year: Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. (Broome County)
State Government Customer of the Year: New York State Workers’ Compensation Board
Local Customer of the Year: Fire Department of New York City
Special thanks to Kumi Tucker from WNYT NewsChannel 13 for emceeing our Annual Meeting.
Be sure to check out our our social media platforms in the coming days and weeks for award videos, speeches and more:
Instagram (nysid_preferred_source) – https://www.instagram.com/nysid_preferred_source
Facebook (NYSID, Preferred Source Solutions) – https://www.facebook.com/nysid
Twitter (NYSIDSpeaks) – https://twitter.com/nysidspeaks
LinkedIn [New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID)] – http://www.linkedin.com/company/new-york-state-industries-for-the-disabled-inc-nysid-
YouTube (New York State Industries for the Disabled) – http://www.youtube.com/user/NYSIDcreatesjobs
Google + (New York State Industries for the Disabled – NYSID) – https://plus.google.com/+NysidOrg
Thanks to everyone who attended NYSID’s Annual Meeting for helping us recognize employment excellence statewide on Preferred Source contracts.