Making a Difference
Mayor Charlie Hales presented Erik Ferguson and PHC Northwest each with the city’s “Making a Difference Award” for their outstanding achievements for persons with disabilities at the CCC’s annual event, “Leadership: Passion to Action,” in October.
As an outstanding artist, despite a severe disability, Ferguson was honored for his contribution of art and technical advising of adaptive equipment for people with disabilities. Ferguson has served on CCC committees in past years.
John Murphy, president and CEO of PHC Northwest, accepted the PHCNW’s award. The PHCNW was honored for “providing training and work for people with disabilities for more than 60 years and for its role as key creator of the CCC, sponsor of the annual event.”
Five years ago, under the leadership of Murphy and Therese McLain, PHCNW contracts and Communications director, PHCNW brought together several organizations and disability community leaders to start the CCC.
“While the organization has evolved over the years, PHC remains the primary fiscal partner providing staff support to the coalition,” Mayor Hales said, adding “Now in its fifth year, the event remains the largest cross disability gathering in Portland.”
The Standard also co-sponsor’s the annual event.
Leadership Academy 2013
You are absolutely awesome! YOU did it! Every single one of you made the magic happen! Your great leadership curriculum planning, teaching and learning has paid off. Participants, speakers and planners are all to be congratulated for your hard work and great planning for the Leadership Academy’s first year. Thanks to your outstanding work, the academy has received a $10,000 grant from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust for next year.
Maybe it took a village, an energetic, visionary, synergistic team of city leaders, educational experts and many dedicated persons who put their passion in action to create an outstanding eight-week program, a program you all will always remember. You all deserve a huge round of applause!
As you immerse yourselves into your new leadership roles, you can take great pride in this achievement. You paved the way for future leaders who will come after you. Thank YOU!