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 Medwiz Solutions Joins County Exec. Day, Other Honorees at Suffern Gala

  

Nov. 2, '14
By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

A crowd of over 100 disability employment professionals, public servants and honorees converged in late October at The Chalet, the elegant social hall at the Spook Rock Golf Course in Suffern, New York, to mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

They were also there to honor 14 Rockland County employers who have partnered with regional disability support organizations to employ people with disabilities.

The event, which was held October 24, was also attended by Ari Greenbaum, an executive at Medwiz Solutions, a Nanuet-based commercial pharmacy.  Among the 80 employees at Medwiz are several individuals with disabilities—each successfully placed and regularly supported by Hamaspik’s very own capable disability employment duo.

Mr. Shloime Kornbluh, the agency’s director of employment services, and longtime staffer Mr. Eli Neuwirth, preside over a Hamaspik initiative that has successfully paired a good number of individuals with special needs with area job sites over the years.

Michele Green, a Coordinator of Workforce Development with the state Education Dept.’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) program, first welcomed the crowd, thanking them for embracing individuals with disabilities—and especially for giving the gift of gainful labor.

Ms. Green made special mention of Gwenn Canfield, a longtime Rockland County ACCES-VR leader who most recently served as that office’s Regional Coordinator.  Hamaspik of Rockland County enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Ms. Canfield over the years.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day next welcomed attendees and presented an official proclamation on behalf of the county.  That presentation was followed by a proclamation from the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, delivered by ACCESS-VR Regional Coordinator Joanne Schwartz. 

Guest speaker David Perry, now a special-ed teacher, wowed the crowd with a talk entitled “The Road to Recovery, My Way Back.”

Statewide, Regional and Local Employer Awards were then presented, with one such latter award going to Medwiz.