On November 18th, Ann Scheetz, Executive Director at Ontario ARC was honored with the ATHENA Award by the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony, which was attended by nearly 400 people, took place at the Finger Lakes Community College Student Center. The award is given annually to a nominee who embodies the 8 tenents of the ATHENA Leadership: Learning, collaboration, relationships, fierce advocacy, the authentic self, giving back, courageous acts, and celebration and joy.
Scheetz accepted the award on behalf of Ontario ARC and “all the good work that we do.” In her acceptance speech, she stated that “This award acknowledges that our community recognizes diversity.”
As part of her nomination for the award, Scheetz reflected on her greatest professional accomplishment stating that she is most proud of her efforts directed toward community inclusion for those with disabilities or other challenges.
“Our college programs and our Project SEARCH program are strong examples of inclusion at its best. I believe in our vision that people with disabilities should be one with their communities and have worked tirelessly to make that happen,” stated Scheetz.
Scheetz began her career at Ontario ARC as a vocational counselor in the agency’s Work Center. Throughout her 30 years at the agency, Scheetz has served in a variety of positions, eventually moving into her role as executive director in 2012.
Scheetz serves on the boards of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and NYSARC Inc.’s Collaborative of the Finger Lakes and is a member of the Executive Directors Association of NYSARC.