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On behalf of all of us at BFAIR congratulations to the following staff celebrating their employment anniversaries this April and May. Thank you for your efforts to enhance the quality of life of people of the people we support. A special thank you to Linda Cunningham for over two decades of employment at BFAIR!
Linda Cunningham, 23 years Terry Blair, 16 years
Ethel Altiery, 13 years Melissa Krok, 13 years
Kathleen McKeever, 10 years Paul Boateng, 12 years
Sharon Boyd, 9 years Colleen Davignon, 6 years
Justin McCarthy, 5 years Douglas Gumbs, 4 years
Justin Bailey, 2 years Elizabeth Braman, 2 years
Matthew Driscoll, 2 years Andre Wallace, 2 years
Jillian Avery, 1 year Jessica Desautels, 1 year
Tabatha Larabee, 1 year Monique Sims, 1 year
Betsy Spiess, 1 year Robert Staples, 1 year
Lorna Whitney, 1 year Amanda Yorke, 1 year
Thursday, May 23rd, from 11:00 – 2:00PM BFAIR will host a Job Fair at our administrative offices located at 771, South Church Street, North Adams. Applications will be available and walk-in interviews will be held for Summer Relief, Full and Part time positions. For more information regarding BFAIR’s programs and services or to fill out an application in advance please visit www.bfair.org.
On May 21st, 2013 from 9:00 to noon BFAIR (Berkshire Family And Individual Resources) is offering a training on Basic Neurology and Pharmacology. The training offered by BFAIR’s Director Clinical Services Eric Denette, M.Ed., BCBA, provides an overview of the basic principles of neurology and psychopharmacology and how it relates to medication treatment. A review of the components of the brain, fundamentals of neurotransmission and their processes is provided. These concepts are applied to psychotropic medications with respect to various psychiatric diagnoses. Discussion is also provided in the context of adults with developmental disabilities and children as well. The cost of the training is $30.00 and will be held at BFAIR’s administrative office located at 771 South Church Street, North Adams. To register contact Carol Fox at 664-9382 x40.
BFAIR is a non-profit organization providing full array of services for people with developmental disabilities, autism and traumatic brain injury. For more information about BFAIR’s programs and services or to make a tax deductible donation visit www.bfair.org or call 413-664-9382.
The Wal-Mart Foundation awarded Berkshire Family And Individual Resources (BFAIR) of North Adams and Pittsfield a $500.00 grant through their Local Community Contribution Program.
“The award will be used to support the installation of an ADA compliant door opener for our Day Habilitation program. The ADA door opener will help people utilizing wheelchairs and others with mobility challenges attending our program as well as members of our community to independently access our Day Habilitation program” said Theresa Biagini, Program Director.
Rich Weisenflue, BFAIR’s executive director remarked that “The Wal-Mart grant provides financial support to continue the agency’s efforts toward full accessibility for the people we support at all of our programs and residences. The Wal-Mart Foundation has assisted us in the past with a similar endeavor and through this grant has once again demonstrated their support for people with disabilities and BFAIR’s programs.”
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Berkshire Family And Individual Resources, Inc. (BFAIR) held an annual meeting of the corporation on April 26 at the Williams Inn. Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, the meeting was led by Dave Robbins, Board President and Ethel Altiery, Program Operations Director.
The event included service awards for 12 current employees with five or more years of service, and seven special recognition awards in several categories. Sue Brooks, Day Habilitation Specialist for The Day Habilitation Program, was the recipient of the George A. Crosby Memorial award. Hope Bourdon, Home Life Support Counselor, within the Residential Department, received the Armand Quintal Memorial Award. Dennis Satori and Christopher McClendon who both receive services from BFAIR, each won the Edward Frampton Self-Determination Award. The Big Y Supermarket in North Adams received the Employer of the Year award for its impressive record of providing job opportunities for people with disabilities. Debora DiDonna, Human Rights Coordinator and Quality Facilitator received the Leadership Award and Angie Phienpoupha, Administrative Assistant received the Board of Directors award.
BFAIR staff receiving service awards, grouped by years of service, included:
- 5 Years of service: Deb Bailey, Greg Bascom, Colleen Davignon, Mindy Lemieux, Jen Lesnick, Darlene McCarthy, Mary Underwood
- 10 Years of service: Jim Sulzmann
- 15 Years of service: Terry Blair, Liz Figueroa, Jackie Thomas, Nancy Torres
Staff receiving Direct Care Level II certificates included: Deanna Burdick, Al Castro, Jessica Lemaire, Tyler Roberts, Jim Sulzmann, Gretchen Thomas.
Suzanne Doswell, Western regional Manager of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts presented the keynote address “Collaboration in the World of Brain Injury.
A member agency of the Northern Berkshire United way, BFAIR is an established provider of support services for adults, adolescents and children with developmental; disabilities, autism and acquired brain injury. For more information regarding BFAIR’s programs or services call (413) 664-9382.