Schroon supervisor named Citizen of the Year

SCHROON LAKE Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses was honored by Mountain Lake Services at its 33rd annual awards ceremony and dinner recently. Mountain Lake Services is an agency that provides supports and services to over 500 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities throughout Essex County. Moses was honored as the Mountain Lake Services Public Citizen of the Year for her active support and positively contributing to the quality of community life for the individuals the agency supports. Arlene Mason of Willsboro was celebrated as the Volunteer Citizen of the Year for her 14 years of volunteer services with the agency, and specifically for her attention to advocating for individuals supported and offering them many opportunities for growth and involvement. Shirley Bullard was honored as a Friend of Mountain Lake Services for her support of our mission within her community of Westport. Helene DeSanto, director of Sunmount DDSO, received the Charles R. Hayes Leadership Award for her ongoing commitment to the field of developmental disabilities through her life long endeavors. DeSanto has made contributions to the field and has provided inspiration to others to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. The agency also honored staff for their specific contributions. These awards include the Training Award, which recognizes the Direct Support Professional who embraces learning, eagerly attends training sessions and actively applies what they have learned. Gene Robarge of Keeseville received the 2008 Training Award for his continued energy in enriching a stable work environment. The Safety Award was received by Ramona Thwaits of Jay and Lisa Boyle of Crown Point for taking measures as part of their daily work routine to make a safer, more secure environment for both coworkers and individuals supported. The Good Life Award was presented to Beverly Gogola, of Schroon Kim Nguyen of Ticonderoga and Laura Daniels of Lewis for demonstrating a high quality of life enhancement with compassion and grace to the individuals served. The Professional Achievement Award, which honors the direct support professional that is a team player who goes above and beyond their normal job responsibilities, is respected by their co-workers and presents a professional demeanor while actively demonstrating the mission of the agency was presented to seven individuals Keri Ford of AuSable Forks, Kim Van Zutphen of Putnam, Rocio Tyrell of Schroon, Torri Shufelt of Schroon, Tina Arena of AuSable Forks, Rebecca Demody of Keeseville and Paul Dickerson of Willsboro. The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to three individuals this year for their dedication to going above and beyond to display their dedication to the agencys mission and providing positive role modeling for others . Jim Sherman of Moriah, Sarah Louer of New Haven, Vt., and Ken Dales of Elizabethtown. Mary Jane Lamb of Elizabethtown, Rodney Therrien of AuSable Forks and Linda Preston of AuSable Forks received the Executive Directors Award for their demonstration of superior management and leadership skills to ensure consistent excellent services for individuals served. Additionally, those staff and participants who have served the agency for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years were celebrated and thanked for their ongoing commitment.

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