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September 8, 2015

Western New York Includes 14 Joslin Outstanding Performers

Category: General — NYSID @ 6:02 pm

Fourteen Western New Yorkers with disabilities are among 60 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers recognized through NYSID’s 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.

The Outstanding Performers for 2015 from Western New York are:

  • Mary Bennett, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming (Mt. Morris), custodial/retail
  • Byron Burke, Lifetime Assistance, Inc./LAICO Industries (Rochester), document destruction
  • Pamela Ennis, Arc of Yates (Penn Yan), groundskeeping
  • Brian Hixson, Wayne Arc (Newark), custodial
  • Taneseah Johnson, Chautauqua County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The Resource Center (Jamestown), custodial
  • Mark McMillen, Ontario ARC, Inc./Pathways (Canandaigua), bottling
  • Michelle Ramos, CDS Monarch/Unistel (Webster), spice assembly/packaging
  • John Ross, Cattaraugus County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The ReHabilitation Center (Olean), stamp pad assembly
  • Ronnie Sumierski, Genesee ARC (Batavia), custodial
  • Richard Thrun, Southeast Works, Inc. (Depew), custodial
  • Joshua Wakefield, The Arc of Steuben (Bath), custodial
  • Shawn Warters, Seneca Cayuga ARC (Waterloo), lawn care
  • Shirley Wilson, Allegany Arc/PWI (Wellsville), DNA evidence kit assembly
  • Willie Wolf, Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries (Buffalo), custodial


“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 the 2015 Joslin Outstanding Performers from Western New York. We previously announced the Joslin Outstanding Performers from New York City/Long Island and Central New York.


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