BLN Spotlights Those That Make a Difference to Disabled in Buffalo, Sheridan

BLN Spotlights Those That Make a Difference to Disabled in Buffalo, Sheridan

At an awards breakfast Tuesday morning in Buffalo, the Business Leadership Network recognized a few of the many individuals and businesses that help those with disabilities in the community.

The awards ceremony is held in October in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Disablity Mentoring Day.

Those recognized at the awards breakfast have either employed persons with disabilities, continue to work with a disability or have contributed time and effort above and beyond what is expected to further the cause for person with disabilities.

The award for Employer of the Year went to Pamida of Buffalo; the Employee of the Year went to Tina Lack of the Johnson County Healthcare Center; and the recipient of the first Georgia Huckeby Community Spirit Award was Nancy Pedro.

Huckeby was the director of the BLN when she was diagnosed with cancer. She lost her battle earlier this year, and the award was named for her.

Janelle Anderson, Director of the Sheridan/Buffalo BLN, explains what the awards mean to the recipients and the community.

A luncheon was held Tuesday in Sheridan for that community's awards ceremony.

Nominated, with winners listed first:

Employer of the Year:
Indian Campground,
Jim Gatchell Museum.

Employee of the Year:
Tina Lack
Thelma Axberg,
Jason Iberlin
Richard Branaman

Georgia Huckeby Community Spirit Award:
Nancy Pedro
Juli Aubrey
Bill Hawley
Sylvia Bruner

Sheridan Awards

Following Buffalo awards, Sheridan's ceremony was held during a lunch at the Historic Sheridan Inn. The recipient of the First Georgia Huckeby Community Spirit Award in Sheridan was Mark Pixley with Novus Auto Glass.

Employer of the year was Sodexo Campus Services, and Employee of the Year was Jacob Catron with Sodexo Campus Services.

Erin Reihle with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital was the keynote speaker in Buffalo and Sheridan. Riehle promotes employment opportunities for those with disabilities across the country, and Anderson said her speech was great.

There were about 55 people at the Sheridan ceremony.

Sheridan Nominees
Employer of the Year:
Sodexo Campus Services
Novus Auto Glass
Pizza Hut
Sheridan Media
Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Valley Motor Honda

Employee of the Year:
Jacob Catron with Sodexo Campus Services
Joe Bryl with Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation

Georgia Huckeby Award
Jodi Smith
Mark Pixley

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