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On Friday September 17, 2010 Springbrook Board of Directors, staff, participants, family and friends gathered at the Otesaga Hotel Resort in Cooperstown to honor the 2010 Triumphant Life Award and Charles A. Belden Special Merit Citation winners. This year's winners were Johnathan Cahenzli and Kathy Yager Krol, respectively.
The Triumphant Life Award is given annually to honor a Springbrook participant with a disability. The award acknowledges the individual's attitude and triumphs as they utilize their strengths and natural supports to make their dreams come true.
The Charles A. Belden Special Merit Citation is intended to give special recognition to an employee of Springbrook in acknowledgement of unusual contributions and outstanding service. The recipient of this award shall have demonstrated a compassionate spirit and an unusual level of care for the people served by Springbrook as exemplified by Mr. Belden during his many years of service.
When John first arrived at Springbrook he had trouble controlling his emotions and himself. With lots of help from his family and housemates at the Cook Street IRA, John has gone from being the target of household interventions to a member of the Springbrook Advocacy Group, the Springbrook Scorpions Special Olympics soccer and basketball teams and the Care Club. He has also made one his greatest dreams come true -- he has found and maintained a job making his own money. Through all of this, John has learned that happiness comes not in what you do, but in how you achieve the outcome.
John attended the Luncheon and Award ceremony with his mother, Audrey, his brothers and his friends from the Cook Street IRA. Congratulations John and good luck with your future endeavours!
Kathy Yager Krol began working at Springbrook in 1978 when it was still the Upstate Home for Children. During her 30+ years with us, she has worn many hats including teacher, administrator, fundraiser and event coordinator. She also founded the Day Habilitation and Kids Unlimited Preschool programs. Kathy has maintained Springbrook's relationship with the American Baptist Churches, whose support helped found Springbrook (as the Upstate Baptist Home) in 1925.
Kathy loves Springbrook and lives our mission every day. Though she was being awarded, Kathy and her children, Krista Krol and Jay Yager Krol, passed out "Paper Plate Awards" from Kathy and Mr. Belden to honor all of the attendees for being role models at Springbrook. Kathy, thank you for always going above and beyond to make everyone feel included!