FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2007
Contact: Craig McCulloh, San Mateo County Health Department, 650-573-2480 (Voice) or 650-573-2220 (TDD)
RECIPIENTS OF 2007 PEOPLE WHO CARE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
San Mateo, Calif. - The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on Disabilities are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2007 People Who Care Awards (PWC). These awards recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating outstanding initiative and dedication to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities in San Mateo County. On October 5, the recipients will be honored at an awards dinner held at the South San Francisco Conference Center at 255 South Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco. The recipients are:
Volunteer Award: Helen Stewart, Friendship Centers, Redwood City, Mental Health Association. For over 30 years, Stewart has been a devoted volunteer at the Friendship Centers. She has a special connection with the clients and staff and has never missed a field trip with the clients. She has a lot of compassion for her clients and is very supportive of each their interests and shares her experience and resources to encourage their continued participation in the program.
Professional Award: Frank Sandoval, C.A.R. (Community Association for Rehabilitation), Palo Alto. As the Associate Director of Child Development Services, Sandoval has worked at C.A.R. for 13 years and launched the only child development program targeting the monolingual, Spanish speaking families in San Mateo County. He handles cultural sensitivities very well and his calm demeanor and patient nature puts people at ease. Families quickly develop a genuine trust in him as he goes out of his way to assist the clients and their families.
Educator Award: Ellen Curran, San Mateo County Office of Education. As a Special Education teacher, Curran Initiated the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-Handicapped Children) method in San Mateo County. She also instituted a reverse mainstreaming program at Meadows Elementary School in Millbrae, where it is considered to be a privilege for students from the general education classes to be selected to buddy up with the students in the special education classes.
Business Award: TYCO Electronics, Menlo Park. TYCO Electronics is extremely receptive and deeply committed to the idea of providing employment opportunities to people with developmental disabilities. TYCO has provided ongoing, meaningful paid work opportunities to over 75 clients of HOPE Services. These clients are an integral part of the TYCO family, taking Caltrain to work; sharing the company shuttle; socializing with their peers and fellow TYCO employees over lunch in the company cafeteria, all while meeting high quality production demands.
Agency/Program Award: HOPE Services Coastside. At HOPE Services Coastside, clients with developmental disabilities are able to fully access a broad range of diverse living experiences within their own community. These experiences include paid employment, leisure and community service activities, continuing education, physical fitness and the ongoing development of domestic living skills (including laundry, shopping, and cooking.)
Charlene A. Silva Outstanding Leadership Award: Safeway Stores in San Mateo County. Named in honor of the leadership of the former Director of Aging and Adult Services, this award recognizes extraordinary leadership and commitment within the area of public service to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. In this regard, the public service that is provided by Safeway Stores through its corporate policy and business model has helped realize the potential of people with disabilities through their hiring practices and civic engagement. Safeway has not only hired numerous people with disabilities, but has placed them in highly visible and important positions having close customer interaction and service. In doing so, Safeway understands how people with disabilities can make enormous contributions to our communities and sends a strong message to encourage other corporations to do the same.
San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill will emcee the awards presentation. Entertainment will feature a performance by the “King and Us”-- A Tribute to Elvis.”
PWC will also feature an art showcase for artists with disabilities who reside in San Mateo County. The exhibit, co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Commission on Disabilities, and the Peninsula Arts Council is an excellent opportunity for artists with disabilities to show their work and to create greater awareness of the talent in our community. The artwork can be viewed during the reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At the reception, there will be a silent auction to purchase the artwork, which is currently exhibited at the Community Gallery (lower level) in the Hall of Justice (400 County Center) in Redwood City until October 4.
Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m., and the cost is $50 per person. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, or to buy tickets, call the Commission on Disabilities office at (650) 573-2580 (voice) or the California Relay (711) for those who are deaf, or have hearing or speech impairments.