Oklahoma City mayor's committee honors Oklahomans with disabilities, advocates

The Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns honored outstanding Oklahomans with disabilities and their advocates Tuesday at its annual awards luncheon.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 31, 2012
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The Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns honored outstanding Oklahomans with disabilities and their advocates Tuesday at its annual awards luncheon at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

The luncheon theme was “Street Smarts for People with Disabilities 2012” as part of the committee's work to increase safety for people with disabilities on Oklahoma City streets.

Mayor Mick Cornett and Pam Henry, committee chairwoman, presented the awards. Kevin Ogle, KFOR-4 news anchor, was emcee at the 22nd annual awards luncheon.

Award winners

George Lewis Advocacy Award: Shannon Wrights, dance teacher for students with disabilities

Employer of the Year: Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma

Public Personnel Employee of the Year: Jody Harlan, public information administrator, state Department of Rehabilitation Services

Media Public Affairs Award: Meg Alexander, reporter, and Mark Paris, photojournalist, KFOR-4

Media Public Service Award: Matt Dinger, reporter, The Oklahoman

Special awards: Ron Newmann, chief inspector of paving, drainage and buildings, city of Oklahoma City; Candace Looper, special-education teacher, Moore Public Schools, and director of Special Dreams Ballet; and Northeast Missionary Baptist Church and Dana Greer.

Clearing the Path Award: TAP Architecture and McCaleb Homes; Jack Mills, Golden Pond Universal Design Housing

Don Davis Award: Jesa Lopez, Miss Wheelchair Oklahoma 2012

Committee Member of the Year: Ken Wyatt

Poster/billboard winners

First place: Yesenia Garcia, 10th grade, U.S. Grant High School

Second place: Yazmin Moreno, ninth grade, U.S. Grant High School

Third place: Maggie Mullooly, 12th grade, Mount St. Mary High School


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