Each June, employees from voluntary agencies around New York State descend upon Keuka College for the annual Keuka Lake Conference.  The conference, which has been operating for the past 31 years, selects one Direct Support Professional that has gone above and beyond in the performance of their job.

Joe Pendergast, George Miller and Helen Hanes

From left: Joe Pendergast, Keuka Conference Committee member, George Miller, and Helen Hanes (NYSACRA representative)

I am pleased to announce that this year the award went to George Miller. George has been employed with Community Services since June 2012 as a Day Hab Instructor at 1377 Abbott Road program. In his time at CSDD, George has worked to provide those attending the Abbott Day Hab with numerous opportunities to become more actively involved in their community.

George recently connected some of the folks that had an interest in cars and trucks with Basil Chevrolet. In addition spending some time at the dealership, they were able to participate in creating a commercial with the dealership. What an amazing opportunity!

George has also worked to connect those attending the Abbott Day Hab with their local politicians; including the Buffalo Mayor, Byron Brown; Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski and NYS Senator Tim Kennedy. These meetings created an opportunity to learn about the things that were happening in the community; as well as to express concern over New York States recent 4.5% cut to not-for-profit agencies under the auspices of OPWDD.

Thank you George for you dedication and for truly  Living the Community Services Mission!