The Board of Directors and staff at Happiness House gathered at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua to recognize staff and to celebrate the culmination of another outstanding year. One of the highlights of this event was the introduction of the nominees for the Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award, which recognizes the exceptional work of Happiness House staff members, who in and through their work exemplify the mission and vision of the agency. The award was established in memory of Mary W. Griswold, a former member of Happiness House’s Board of Directors.
Nominated by their peers, this year’s finalists included: Beth Boehnke, Necebbia DeTaeye, Katharine Giordano, Jennifer Gruschow, Heidi Haus, Jill Kaim, Lisa Lincoln, Margie Rockwell, Heather Watters and Sonia Whitley.
This year’s recipients of the Mary W. Griswold Professional Service Award (pictured below, left to right) are: Necebbia DeTaeye, Beth Boehnke and Lisa Lincon.
This event celebrated 31 Years of Service Award recipients including:
Two part time employees who have each contributed 10 years of dedicated service: Dottie Clark and Mary “Micky” Reed.
5 Years of Service: Rosemarie Charlebois, Kathleen Craig, Amanda Donovan, Katharine Giordano, Kristen Hartwell, Patti Herman, Janice Holtby, Judith McCarthy, Bruce Rood, Anna Spoor, Jill Walter and Kristina Whitbeck
10 Years of Service: Mary Walsh Boatfield, Chrissy D’Amico, Alison D’Aurizio, Elizabeth Honadle, Linda Meritt, Sue Ellen Rey, Heather Roller, Luann Ryan, Elizabeth Sherman, Kileen Smith and Berdel Stevenson
15 Years of Service: Diane Theel
20 Years of Service: Darla Davis, Krystyna Estes, Ronald Mann, Patricia Pykare and Joan Wadhams
Years of Service Award Recipients: Recipients (pictured left to right): First Row- Joan Wadhams, Judith McCarthy, Alison D’Aurizio, Elizabeth Honadle, Heather Roller, Linda Meritt, Patti Herman. Second Row- Mary “Mickey” Reed, Patricia Pykare, Krystyna Estes, Kathleen Craig, Kristina Whitbeck, Anna Spoor, Diane Theel, Jill Walter, Kristen Hartwell, Darla Davis. Third Row- Mary Walsh Boatfield, Ronald Mann, Dottie Clark, Chrissy D’Amico, Luann Ryan, Bruce Rood, Amanda Donovan, Katharine Giordano, Sue Ellen Rey, Elizabeth Sherman, Berdel Stevenson.
Happiness House- Finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy Association is a private nonprofit health and human service agency that has been serving communities in the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York since 1969. Today with sites in Geneva, Canandaigua, Gorham, and Waterloo, Happiness House offers an array of educational program, recreational and family support services for children and adults with and without disabilities who reside in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties. On average Happiness House serves 1,000 individuals and their families each year.
Cheryl L. Coppola