Stillwater resident Chloette Haley was presented the The Arc Greater Twin Cities’ "Changing Policies" Changemaker Award May 5 during The Arc’s annual meeting and volunteer celebration at Midland Hills Country Club.
The Arc’s Changemaker Awards recognize individuals or organizations for making a difference for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. The Changing Policies category recognizes persons whose efforts have resulted in systems and policy changes that benefit individuals with disabilities and their families.
Haley is the driving force behind Stepping Up Moving Forward, a network working to create systems change and build a community of belonging for people with I/DD in Stillwater. Stepping Up Moving Forward works to effect change on many fronts, including a web site resource; support of Artworks!, an opportunity for adults with disabilities to express their creativity, and parent events that give families of persons with disabilities a chance to connect.
In addition, Stepping Up Moving Forward works with existing community resources to expand opportunities for people with I/DD to be more active in community life. It worked with Let’s Go Fishing, which takes seniors on fishing trips on the St. Croix, to expand its services to people with I/DD. It also works with Family Means to create a volunteering mentor program so adults with I/DD can contribute and be recognized as valuable community members.
"Chloette is a person who makes things happen, and Stepping Up Moving Forward is an exceptional achievement," said Kim Keprios, chief executive office of The Arc Greater Twin Cities. "Many people have been important to its success, but the heart of this remarkable grassroots network is Chloette. Her vision, passion and leadership make her a true changemaker, and lives are better because of her."
The Arc Greater Twin Cities fosters respect and access for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, giving them the power to achieve a full and satisfying life. The Arc was started 65 years ago by parents determined to ensure the most full and independent lives possible for their children. Today, The Arc continues to be a family-focused, grassroots organization helping individuals and families address issues such as early intervention, education, transition to adulthood, health care, housing, employment, guardianship and more. For more information and volunteer opportunities, call The Arc Greater Twin Cities at (952) 920-0855 or visit www.arcgreatertwincities.org.
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Chloette Haley of Stillwater received a "Changing Policies" Changemaker Award from The Arc Greater Twin Cities for her work with Stepping Up Moving Forward, a network that is building community of belonging in Stillwater for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.