( Fred Lokuta, Deputy Secretary, Department of Public Welfare Office of Developmental Programs )
(Sandy Wisnewski Photo)
Our public affairs program- Newsmakers' was honored Thursday night during the Arc of Luzerne County annual awards dinner.
Hosts of Newsmakers- Senior Producer Jayne Ann Bugda and the I-Team's Andy Mehalshick were presented with the group's 'Community Education and Awareness Award.
The Arc of Luzerne County- offers programs and services to to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A number of other awards were presented during the awards dinner at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
You can see the Newsmakers program featuring the Arc of Luzerne County- under the Newsmakers link
Web Extra: Pamela Zotynia, Executive Director of Arc of Luzerne County talks about the event.
Web Extra (2) Video of the Arc of Luzerne County Awards Dinner 2014
This year’s award recipients are: Distinguished Service for a Lifetime of Dedication to People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Fred Lokuta, Deputy Secretary, Department of Public Welfare Office of Developmental Programs
Community Education & Awareness WBRE Newsmakers (Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick)
Thomas P. Kokura Employer of the Year Kane is Able To recognize a local employer or business who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the workforce by recognizing the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.
Improving Lives Award Kiss Theater To recognize a person, business, or organization who has demonstrated a commitment to the mission and beliefs of The Arc.
Sherwood Baker Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Volunteer of the Year Victory Sports To recognize a community member who has made a significant difference in the lives of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Educators of the Year
Mollie Fetterman, Hazelton Area School District
Barbara Zekas, Wyoming Valley West School District
Maylan Nicholson, Wyoming Valley West School District
Jenieve Michalek, Wyoming Valley West School District
To recognize a professional educator(s) currently employed by a Luzerne County accredited school, intermediate unit, college, or university, for their exceptional and creative techniques in expanding educational opportunities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
John Glenn Popple Citizenship Award Ninoska Nuñez To honor a member of the community with an intellectual or developmental disability for outstanding participation in, or contribution to his or her community
Michael Miller Award for Outstanding Staff Person of the Year Michael Supey, Program Assistant at The Arc of Luzerne County
To recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their field in working with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
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