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October 30, 2017

John Humphrey Embodies Joslin Outstanding Performance Award

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:46 pm

A veteran with disabilities, John Humphrey has overcome schizophrenia and homelessness to become the custodian through The Arc of Onondaga in Syracuse at the Westcott Day Habilitation Center, a state-operated site.

John received NYSID’s 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award during its Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Hilton on September 26.

Richard Warner, a production and assembly worker with Allegany Arc in Wellsville, was named NYSID’s 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient. This was the fifth year in a row that NYSID recognized two William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients.

John Humphrey proudly displays his 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award with Ayisha Crockrell, his immediate supervisor

As he has stated many times of the Westcott Day Habilitation Center, “the site is a reflection of me and what I do.”

John has his own place to live, pays his bills, and has money in the bank. Due to his disability, he does not drive a car, so a bicycle is his sole means of transportation to and from work, four to six miles each way. He has missed just one day of work in four years –- no small feat, considering how treacherous Syracuse winters can be.

“I like my job. It keeps me busy,” he said. “I use my job as a kind of therapy, because when I do things like mop the floors, I do it mindfully. And by doing that, I actually manage to cut back on my medications enough.”

As someone who cares about his community and is very civicminded, John recently started an online community through Meetup.com called “Better Onondaga County,” which now has 50 members who exchange ideas about how to make their community a better place to live.

John also was featured on Spectrum News Central NY and syracuse.com

NYSID’s annual Joslin Awards Program celebrates exceptional job performance and personal growth by New Yorkers with disabilities working on NYSID Preferred Source contracts. In its 14th year, NYSID’s Joslin Awards Program has recognized more than 700 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 17 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.

The awards are named for the late Bill Joslin, who was CEO of Human Technologies Corporation in Utica and served on NYSID’s Board of Directors for many years. His wife, Patrice Joslin, joined the Joslin Award co-recipients onstage.

Special thanks to John Craig from WNYT NewsChannel 13 for emceeing our signature event.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting, as we continue encouraging legislators to “MAKE THE CHANGE” and reaffirming our core purpose of “Purchasing That Powers Employment.”


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