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McInerny To Receive Award From The Able Trust
Posted on 6/6/2011
Polk County resident Joy McInerny has been chosen by The Able Trust to receive one of five prestigious Ability Awards. Created by the Florida Legislature in 1990, The Able Trust focuses on providing Floridians with disabilities successful opportunities for employment. The Able Trust Ability Awards annually recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions toward the employment of Florida citizens with disabilities. McInerny joins an elite group of award recipients from previous years including Publix Supermarkets Inc., The University of Florida and Harris Rosen, Rosen Hotel & Resorts.
Nominated for the award by Peace River Center where she is employed, McInerny will receive the Adult Leadership Award at a ceremony to be held at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee on June 10. McInerny was chosen for the award because she exhibits community and nonprofit leadership and is employed full time in spite of her disability.
McInerny’s disability is a mental illness which at one time caused her to be institutionalized for long periods. Overcoming great challenges, McInerny became a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and now works with seriously mentally ill individuals who are under the care of Peace River Center’s FACT Team. She also volunteers with NAMI Polk County (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
A few short years ago, as a part of her own recovery, McInerny was encouraged to begin a support group. McInerny stepped up to the challenge and not only beginning a support group, but also founding PERK (Peer Employment Recovery Kompany), a program which teaches people with mental illness craft skills such as jewelry making and markets the products at local craft fairs and via the internet.Joining McInerny at the award ceremony in Tallahassee will be Donna Rininger, Director of Intensive Outpatient Services at Peace River Center.