Give the gift of your time this holiday season at the Ontario ARC's Holiday Gift Wrapping Booth located at Eastview Mall in Victor, N.Y. Volunteers are still needed for the following dates and times:
November 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; December 4, 2:00-6:00 p.m.; December 16, 1:00-6:00 p.m.; December 19, 1:00-6:00 p.m.; December 20, 1:00-6:00 p.m.; December 21, 12:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00-10:00 p.m.; December 23, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; December 24, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00-6:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Margaret Post at (585) 919-2241.
Ontario ARC’s menu of programs continues to grow…and so does its qualified staff.
Liz Hedger, MT-BC, and Ashley Hanvey, MA, have received certification in Autism Movement Therapy.
A resident of Canandaigua, Hedger started the Creative Expressions’ music therapy program at Ontario ARC in 2006. She is a board certified music therapist. Hanvey is a resident of Geneva and an applied behavioral specialist in the agency’s clinical services department.
“Liz and Ashley are very experienced working with people who have autism, giving them an edge when it comes to Autism Movement Therapy,” says Lora Winghart, associate executive director of program services at Ontario ARC. “They are excellent additions to our Feel the Beat program.”
This past summer, Ontario ARC launched its newest program, Feel the Beat – the agency’s Autism Movement Therapy program. The program provides people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to express themselves through dance and music while promoting cognitive thinking, speech and language skills, academics and positive behavior.
Learn more about Feel the Beat!
Canandaigua resident Daniel Rice has joined Ontario ARC as a wellness coordinator. In his new role, Rice will develop new fitness and health offerings to the agency’s Ontario Wellness Now (OWN It!) initiative for its staff and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Rice holds a bachelor degree in Physical Education from The State University of New York at Cortland and a master’s from The University of Maryland in Exercise Physiology. His background in the health and wellness expands more than 20 years in the field.
“Dan’s extensive background in fitness, rehabilitation and wellness will give our staff and the people we support the expertise and resources needed ast they find new ways to stay healthy,” says Brenda Estey, senior associate executive director. “We are confident that he will take our OWN It! program to the next level as it continues to grow.”
Rice also has taught classes on fitness at Finger Lakes Community College, Monroe Community College and Keuka College, where he also coached collegiate sports. In addition, Rice is currently certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support from the American College of Sports Medicine.
Board President Patrick Boyle
Board Vice President Karen Springmeier
Board Treasurer Kathryn Wegman
Board Assistant Treasurer Charles McCausland
Board Secretary Elizabeth Palmatier
Ontario ARC has announced the election of new officers to its Board of Directors for 2014.
Canandaigua resident Patrick Boyle will take the reigns as Ontario ARC’s Board President. Boyle is the vice president of human resource for Finger Lakes Health. He has served on the agency’s Board of Directors since 2007.
Geneva resident Karen Springmeier was elected to the agency’s Board Vice President post. She is the executive director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and has served Ontario ARC’s Board of Directors since 2011.
Gorham resident Kathryn Wegman is the Board Treasurer. Wegman was appointed to the Board in 1996 and is superintendent of the Marion Central School District.
Cananadaigua resident Charles McCausland will serve as the Board Assistant Treasurer. He was appointed to the board in 1993 and is retired from the United State Air Force.
Victor resident Elizabeth Palmatier was elected to the agency’s Board Secretary post. Palmatier has served on the Board since 2007 and is a pharmacist with Wegmans in Canandaigua.
“Patrick, Karen, Kathy, Chuck and Elizabeth have been dedicated board members and I am confident that their professional backgrounds will help our agency continue to grow as our field evolves,” says Ann Scheetz, executive director of Ontario ARC.
The New York State Third Age Committee will host its 22nd annual Third Age Providers Conference on November 22 at Genesee ARC in Batavia.
The event will focus on issues facing senior citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Featured speakers include Dr. Kathleen Bishop, Dr. Molly Scharf and Debbie Miller, ABS.
The conference costs $35 per person to attend or $30 per person for organizations sending two or more people. To register, download the form and mail to Debbie Miller, POB 154, Alexander, NY 14005 or contact her via email at email@example.com.
For more information about the Third Age Providers Conference, please contact Jody Thomas, Ontario ARC's aging services and wellness manager, at 585-919-2065 or via email.