Mayor's Disability Award winners announced
Employment First promotes competitive employment for everyone by recognizing the strengths of those with disabilities and finding employment that makes the best fit with those. The employment rate for people with developmental disabilities is substantially less than the nation average - it's about 28 percent.
Tempe has seen an increase in employment of those with developmental disabilities because of its work in this area. The annual Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Disability Job Fair with Arizona@Work and Youth Mock Interview Appaloosa help people prepare to interview for and find jobs.
Awards were presented to several students, businesses and organizations. Please congratulate them on their accomplishments.
Outstanding Tempe Students
Madison Knowles, Tempe High School
Anthony Mendoza, Tempe High School
Emmanuel Navia, Tempe High School
Rafael Penate, Tempe High School
Nimo Guhad, Tempe High School
Mary Catherine Haynes, Believe I Can Academy
Sophie Stern, McClintock High School
William Chapnek, Believe I Can Academy
Exceptional Educator Award
Michael Warner, Tempe High School
Employee of the Year
Joseph C. Steele III, City of Tempe Special Olympics / LEAP
Community Service Award
Jay Whipple, Tempe’s GRIC ADA Wayfinding Pilot
Tom Ringhofer Architectural Award
Jeffrey Sherman, Sherman Design Studios – Adapted Recreation Parcourse
Pride of the City
Paul Bennewitz, Sr.
Special thanks to this year's sponsors, Tempe Diablo Charities; Cole Design Group; Irene, Amy and Lynn Mochel; Stephanie Miller and Nancy Calfee; A Caring Heart of Arizona, LLC; Believe I Can Academy and the Schmidt Family.
Mayor Mark Mitchell with Councilmembers Robin Arredondo-Savage and Jennifer Adams proclaimed Tempe to be the first community in Arizona to be an Employment First city.