Enable recently celebrated those who have made a difference in our community at its Shining Lights Annual Awards Celebration. Syracuse University Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach Bernie Fine and his wife Laurie served as honorary chairs.
Leola Rodgers, of Cicero, received the Jerrideth Wilson Volunteer Recognition Award. Rodgers, Associate Administrator for Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, was a member of the Enable Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010, serving as Board President from 2006 to 2009.
During her tenure as President, Enable's facility on Court Street became the first building in Syracuse to achieve LEED(r) certification.
The agency also launched several programs during this time and saw the expansion of others. Leola's leadership and passion for Enable's mission remains an inspiration to all involved with the agency.
The Dean Cullen Direct Service Award was presented to Mark Squadrito of North Syracuse. As a Community Support Specialist with the day habilitation program, Squadrito takes an active role in his position, always striving to go above and beyond to inspire the participants with whom he works.
He is willing to try new ideas with participants and has developed some very creative ways of working through challenges. Since 1948, Enable's mission has been to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental or physical disabilities through an array of services.
Each year they provide assessment, training, therapy and support for over 1,500 children and adults with disabilities and their families. Enable empowers people with disabilities to achieve their goals at home, school, work and play. For more information about Enable, please call (315) 455-7591 or visit their Web site at www.enablecny.org.