Top Row: Steve Nicotera, Assistant Director of Vocational Services for The Arc and Mike DiNitto, Director of Vocational Services. Bottom Row (L-R): Linda Storey, Jeremy Storey, and John Storey.

NYSARC 2008 William B Joslin Award

Progress Industries, the Pre-Vocational Training Program of The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, is pleased to nominate Jeremy Storey for the NYSARC 2008 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award. A certificate was presented to Jeremy at The Arc’s 2008 Employer Recognition Breakfast on October 23rd.

Jeremy began work for The Arc’s Progress Industries at Arnold Avenue in 1993. He quickly demonstrated a strong work ethic and was assigned to Mele Manufacturing, an industrial off-site, where he worked continuously until the site’s closing in 2005. Jeremy then returned to Progress Industries where he showed a high level of success working on the NYSID (New York State Industries for the Disabled) dishwashing and laundry detergent bottling contracts.

Jeremy’s work at Progress Industries includes the NYSID bottling contracts and community sub-contracts, such as packaging specialty beers like Saranac Trail Mix for F.X. Matt Brewing Company. While working on NYSID projects he developed the knowledge and motivation necessary to improve his work skills. He maintains 100% quality on all tasks.

Jeremy has inspired both staff and co-workers. He encourages his peers with a “Hey Buddy!” or a simple high five. Jeremy is always eager to please and brings a smile to everyone’s face; while his willingness to learn and succeed allows him to remain one step ahead.

Through the NYSID contracts Jeremy has focused on and accomplished many of his personal goals. His hard work allows him to obtain a sufficient level of earnings, enabling him to pursue some of his own interests, such as collecting Yankee memorabilia, bowling and attending Arc evening recreational programs.

Jeremy lives with his parents, John and Linda Storey, on their family farm in Westmoreland. He enjoys helping with haying and caring for the numerous farm cats. Jeremy also enjoys spending time with his K9 companion, Tipper.

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