Disabilities commission gives awards

November 04, 2007

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities recently held its annual employment awards luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities who overcome obstacles.

The Ruth Helen Thompson Award for Community Service was presented to Joyce Bauer, vocational training specialist at Harford Community College, for her years of leading the Vocational Foundations Training Program.

The Employer of the Year award went to Lora Sipes and Mars Supermarket in Aberdeen. The store's staff offered support to an employee whose mother had died and who was forced to move from his family home. His co-workers threw him a housewarming party.

An Employer Award of Merit went to My Three Sons of Churchville, which hires people with disabilities to distribute coupons.

Student Worker of the Year went to Dan Grau, who works at the McDonald's in Churchville and recently returned from Shanghai, China, where he participated in the Special Olympics.

Harford Cable Network's Kelly Jara received the Media Award for outstanding work on You Can Ride ... Harford Transit, a DVD featuring people with disabilities getting to and from work, school and errands on the Harford Transit bus system.

Other 2007 award recipients were:

Employer Awards of Merit: T.J. Maxx and Health Information Operations Center (U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine).

Employee of the Year: Michael Raila (Maryland Golf and Country Club).

Employee Awards of Merit: Joe Button, Jessica Geleta, Ernie Kitner, William Miller, Kasia Oledska, JoAnne Street.

Student Awards of Merit: Tamika Morant.

Award of Merit for Community Service: Andy Weinberg (C-Mart).

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