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As one of the largest employers on the North Shore, Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community—choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize, and play. This past week the organization held their Annual Awards program “Celebrating New Horizons.” Among the recipients of the awards were the YMCA, Peabody Institute Library, as well as Northshore magazine. For more information on Northeast Arc, visit


Below is a full list of award recipients.


President’s Award

Judge Joseph Tauro

O’Keefe Award

Amanda Chalmers, DDS Regional Director

Volunteer of the Year

Kelly Anderson, Magic Basketball Coach

Media Award

Northshore Magazine?

Business Partner of the Year

Peabody Institute Library

Employer of the Year

YMCA of North Shore (Ipswich & Salem)

Individual Achievement Awards

Jessica Berman, Project SEARCH Grad & Ipswich YMCA Employee

Chhali Ghimiray, New ASL Communicator

Timothy Horgan, Self-Advocate, Independent Living

Martita Means, Self-Advocate, Independent Living

Andrew Pierro, Role Model, Day Habilitation

Distinguished Service Awards

Bill Atherton, Utopia Farms, Family Harvest Festival Booster

Molly Burghard, Day Habilitation Intern

Antonette DeRosa, Arts & Crafts Volunteer

Marsha Hamilton & Hana Krova, Employees

Greg Koulas, Realtor

Phyllis Levine, Shine Jewelry Volunteer

Wendy Monahan, Volunteer Companion

Northeast Arc Human Rights Committee: Nancy Norman, Julie Low, Pat Connolly, Pat Charles, Mary Lou Townsend and Wendy Donovan?

Bernadette Palmeira, First Steps Volunteer

Petrillo’s Restaurant, Support of the STEP Program