Jerry Williams doesn’t hide his feelings about being named a co-recipient of the 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. “This award makes me feel good inside. My family is happy, my wife’s happy for me to get this award.”
Jerry, who works in packaging/labeling with Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Toe Path Industries, was recognized at NYSID’s Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Hilton, along with co-recipient Brian Mann, a document destruction technician with Lifetime Assistance/LAICO Industries in Rochester.
Kumi Tucker, WNYT NewsChannel 13 anchor, once again served as Annual Meeting emcee. This year’s theme was #EmploymentEmpowers.
Toe Path Industries, the work center of Schoharie ARC, currently provides work opportunities to more than 70 individuals with varying abilities. Toe Path Industries provides a wide range of professional, manufacturing, and fulfillment services from its Schoharie headquarters to an ever-expanding list of national and international business partners.
At the Toe Path Industries work center, Jerry maintains a consistent five-day schedule and also works on the facilities cleaning crew several hours per week. A respected and valued contributor in the production of the Preferred Source floor maintenance pads and State Police vehicle graphics, Jerry has mastered the operation of automated and manual die-cutting equipment, numerous packaging and assembly tasks, and a variety of material handling responsibilities.
Jerry’s focus is on work, keeping busy and doing as much as possible. As testimony to his outstanding work ethic, almost 50 percent of his earnings come from jumping in to work on other assembly jobs as needed.
“Jerry and I have known each other for a long time. I also consider him a friend,” said Terry Tetlak, Schoharie ARC executive director. “He really has put a lot into all of the jobs that he’s been employed with, and he’s worked here for several years. He enjoys working. It means a lot to him, and it really keeps him busy and makes his life fulfilled.”
“The reason we nominated Jerry for the Joslin Award is he truly epitomizes an individual who is at work because he is able to, wants to be here, and is enthusiastic about the work that he’s performing,” said David DiNicola, Toe Path Industries Work Center general manager.
NYSID’s annual Joslin Awards Program spotlights those who have overcome challenges and achieved personal success through employment. The Joslin Awards annually recognize employment excellence of New Yorkers with disabilities working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.
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. Bill Joslin was Chief Executive Officer of Human Technologies Corporation in Utica, and served on NYSID’s Board of Directors for many years.