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October 25, 2017

Richard Warner Exemplifies Joslin Outstanding Performance Award

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:28 pm

Richard Warner enjoys the satisfaction of a hard day’s work with competitive wages and benefits and has built a strong, resilient identity that allows him to deal with the everyday challenges of life.

NYSID presented its 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award to Rich, a production and assembly worker with Allegany Arc in Wellsville, on September 26 during its Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Hilton.

John Humphrey, a custodian with The Arc of Onondaga in Syracuse, is NYSID’s 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient. For the fifth year in a row. NYSID recognized two William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipients.

Richard Warner gladly shows his 2017 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award, flanked by Chris Koehler, senior vice president of business operations, and Michael Damiano, CEO, Allegany Arc

Born with an intellectual disability in challenging circumstances, Rich works as an assembler at the PWI Witkowski Integrated work place. He also has worked in custodial services on New York State Department of Transportation contracts and as an assembler of New York State DNA Databank collection kits and other products.

He proudly shares an apartment with his twin brother and participates in area 5K races for his health.

“I am proud to pay my own bills,” he said. “My mother wanted me to get a job, help chip in the family. When I first heard [about receiving the Joslin Award], I was shocked. I said, who wants to pick me? I’ve never received an honor like this before.”

Rich also recently purchased his first car and is working on getting his driver’s license. His journey from welfare to employment and the quality of life he aspired to obtain validates the mission of the NYSID Preferred Source Program.

The Wellsville Daily Reporter recently featured Rich in this outstanding article.

The Joslin 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.

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, the Joslin Awards have recognized more than 700 Outstanding Performers, and awarded 17 of those individuals with the final William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award.

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 to encourage legislators to “MAKE THE CHANGE“ and reaffirm our core purpose of “Purchasing That Powers Employment.”


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