- Created on Friday, 17 June 2011 17:24
Jim Meehan Awarded 2011 APSE Professional Award
Debbie Gilmer, president of the Maine Chapter of APSE, is currently at the 2011 APSE National Conference in Seattle and sends us a report that Executive Director of KFI in Millinocket, Jim Meehan, was awarded the 2011 Professional Award.
June 15, 2011
I'm pleased and honored to report from the 2011 APSE National Conference here in Seattle that our very own Jim Meehan, Executive Director of KFI in Millinocket, was awarded the 2011 Professional Award today at the awards luncheon! The award recognizes an individual for outstanding best practice and professional achievement.
From the awards program:
"Jim has spent the better part of his professional career promoting employment and enriching the lives of people with disabilities. While under his leadership Jim has transformed KFI from a traditional agency operating a sheltered workshop and work activity center, providing segregated and congregated day programs into an agency that offers personalized community supports and integrated employment. His leadership has transformed policy and practice across the state. Jim is a champion of civil rights, believing people with disabilities have the right to work, to choose and achieve a desired lifestyle, to control where and how they live, just the same as you and me. Jim works in a state of "positive discontent." Although Jim does take great pride in the accomplishments of people supported by KFI, he is not yet satisfied and knows there is more work to be done assisting people to make their dreams of working life a reality."
Please join me in congratulating Jim for this receiving this prestigious award, but more importantly, for the leadership he has provided across the state (and nation) and on behalf of the lives of individuals his work has transformed.
While the conference concludes tomorrow, today's celebration was icing on a incredibly vibrant and fabulous conference. Thanks and congratulations, Jim!
You can find out more about Maine APSE (Association for Persons in Supported Employment) at www.maineapse.org.