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September 7, 2016

Brian Mann, Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries, Excels in Work

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:47 pm

Brian Mann, a document destruction technician with Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries in Rochester, has been named a 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient. One of Brian’s favorite jobs is to load and unload trucks, safely using an electric pallet jack. He uses the electric pallet wrapper to wrap pallets, and he produces paperwork, stages pallets in the warehouse, and loads them onto the truck.

Brian Mann works at Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries, where he stages pallets in the warehouse and loads them onto trucks

Brian also records the agency’s transportation vans for departure –– a responsibility previously only done by staff –– uses an intercom system to announce their arrival, assists drivers to find individuals, and helps anyone who has missed their van to get home.

“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 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.”

Twelve Western New Yorkers with disabilities are among 59 statewide Joslin Outstanding Performers recognized through NYSID’s annual people-centered awards program.

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.

In addition to Mann, the Outstanding Performers for 2016 from Western New York are:

Aaron Barton, The Arc of Steuben (Bath), light assembly/embroidery
Anthony Bateman, Genesee ARC (Batavia), custodial
Janet DeRoo, Wayne Arc (Newark), custodial
Teresa Dykstra, CDS Monarch/Unistel (Webster), spice assembly/packaging
Paula Grove, Cattaraugus County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The ReHabilitation Center (Olean), custodial
Dustin Haight, Arc of Yates (Penn Yan), groundskeeping
Eileen Rappold, Southeast Works, Inc. (Depew), custodial
Gary Rawles, Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries (Buffalo), landscaping/lawn maintenance
Greg Slagle, Chautauqua County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./The Resource Center (Jamestown), porter
Lyle Thomas, Allegany Arc/PWI (Wellsville), DNA evidence kit assembly
Rick Young, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming (Mt. Morris), mechanic

“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.”

The 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients will be honored during NYSID’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at 5 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs.

NYS Senator Catharine Young (R/I/C-Olean) also has been named a 2016 Legislative Preferred Source Champion Award co-recipient for her willingness to advocate for individuals with disabilities in her community. This year’s Annual Meeting theme is #EmploymentEmpowers.

Before entering public office, Senator Young served as the director of communications and development at The ReHabilitation Center in Olean, a NYSID member agency, for 15 years.

NYSID’s annual Joslin Awards Program celebrates excellence in Preferred Source employment by New Yorkers with disabilities. All Outstanding Performers receive a certificate of achievement and cash award, and are featured in an annual yearbook.


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