Employers sought who accommodate disabled workers The...


August 26, 2002

Employers sought who accommodate disabled workers

The Anne Arundel County Disability Commission seeks nominees for the Annual Business Award recognizing employers who accommodate individuals with disabilities. The categories are Employer of the Year; Disability Friendly Business in the Historic District of Annapolis, and Employer Who Removes Barriers.

Deadline for the award nominees is Sept. 3. Businesses will be recognized at Disability Awareness Day on Sept. 28 at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena.

The Disability Commission is appointed by County Executive Janet S. Owens and works to promote and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Information and nominations: Bill Anderson, 410-222-4348; TTY: 410-222-4355.

Annapolis resident joins charity's regional office

Ron Chambless has been named development manager of Southern Maryland/Eastern Shore for Community Health Charities of Maryland. Chambless will work at Community Health Charities' new regional office in Annapolis.

Before joining the organization, Chambless was director of operations for Helping Up Mission, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore. He graduated from Arkansas State University and received a master's degree in math from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Chambless served 20 years in the Marine Corps and lives in Annapolis.

Community Health Charities is the largest federation of health-related agencies in Maryland. It raises money for member organizations through workplace donation campaigns and provides education and information to the community about various health issues.

Coordinating Center adds three to staff

The Coordinating Center has announced that Isolda McClelland, Sheri Albrecht and Sheri Weissman have joined the center as part of the organization's Care Management Group, providing care coordination services for children with autism who participate in Maryland's Autism Waiver Program.

McClelland, a graduate of the University of Baltimore, is pursuing a master's degree in public administration at the university. She worked at DRU Healthy Families and Alliance as a family support specialist.

Albrecht is from Rochester, N.Y., where she worked with children with emotional disorders and families of children with spina bifida. She is working toward a master's degree in early childhood studies at Georgetown University.

Weissman has a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland and has worked with New Pathways and the Kennedy Krieger School.

The Coordinating Center in Millersville serves Anne Arundel, Howard, Harford and Worcester counties. The center sets up and monitors highly specialized home services for people with complex medical needs and disabilities.

Bay Foundation seeks nominations for awards

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is calling for nominations for its 2002 Conservationist and Environmental Educator of the Year Awards. Winners will receive a bronze osprey bust by Chesapeake sculptor David Turner. Nominations are due by Sept. 13. Forms can be downloaded from the group's Web site at www.savethebay.cbf.org.

Conservationist of the Year nominees can be an individual, an organization, an institution or a business. Nominations are evaluated on the beneficial impact of the nominee's actions on the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and its watershed. The long-term effect and innovation of the nominee's achievements are also considered. This award was established in 1980 to recognize superlative service and commitment to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

Environmental Educator of the Year nominees can be any individual in the environmental education field. Nominations are evaluated for the impact of the nominee's actions on the advancement of environmental education, potential for broad application and the degree to which the actions inspire others to save the bay. The award was established in 1997. Last year's winner was Robert Nixon, founder of the Earth Conservation Corps.

Both awards give preference to nominees whose efforts support the mission and programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and whose efforts address critical environmental issues. Nominations may be made by the individuals or groups involved in the activity, or by a third person or party. Activities for which nominations are submitted need not have happened in the current year. Awards will be presented in January.


Volunteers needed: Volunteers are being sought for the 36th annual Maryland Seafood Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 to 8 at Sandy Point State Park. Volunteers will receive free admission to the festival and $10 in complimentary food and beverage tickets. 410-268-7676, Ext. 110; or www.mdseafoodfestival. com.

Charity golf tournament: Bank of Glen Burnie will sponsor a charity golf tournament to benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake on Sept. 8 at Timbers at Troy Golf Course, 6100 Marshalee Drive, Elkridge. Check in is at 7:30 a.m., with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. 410-313-4653.

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