CWI held its Employee Recognition Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 21st at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY, honoring 57 employees for 3 to 20 years of service! Attendees included the CWI Board of Directors, senior management team, program managers and staff as well as dignitaries and members of the community. Dr. Harriet Busch, Chair of CWI’s Board of Directors, presided over the Annual Meeting portion of the program and Mark Donahue, CWI President and CEO, was Master of Ceremonies.

CWI’s Billii Jo Laprairie and Susan Schermerhorn were both honored for 20 years of service.  Amy Macy, CWI’s Human Resources Director, asked all honorees to stand and be recognized for their years of service as she called out their names.  Guest speaker Andrew Paolano, DSP at CWI’s Helping Hands Day Program, received a standing ovation following his presentation about his life experiences living and working with autism.  In her absence, Deb Keane, CWI Day Services Manager, shared a heartwarming letter from Holly Langworthy, CWI Associate Day Services Manager, depicting her 25 years of experience serving individuals with disabilities at CWI.

The 2019 Enriching Lives Recognition Award was presented to Lisa Hayes, CWI Board Director, in appreciation of her volunteer work providing CWI with her architectural expertise for many of their building projects including the 50 Pine Street renovations, relocation of Fuller Road and Ryan Ave IRAs, redesign of Everts Ave building and the move to the 16 Pearl Street site in downtown Glens Falls.  The 2019 Community Partner Award recipients were given to the Home of the Good Shepherd and Wax’n’Wix.  The Home of the Good Shepherd, South Glens Falls, received the award for their partnership with CWI’s Just-a-Buck Traveling Store hosted by the agency’s Community Pre-Voc Services participants.  Wax’n’Wix, Lake George, received the award for bringing their candle-making workshops to several of CWI’s day services programs enabling individuals to make candles for themselves and as gifts.

The program concluded with the CWI video titled On the Move on YouTube  For more information and highlights of 2019, please read the 2019 Annual Report:  2019 ANNUAL REPORT

Here are some photos from the event …