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Ottawa County customers see David’s abilities

David Salyers is the Service Clerk from Community Markets that is on posters and billboards throughout Ottawa County with the logo “Ability @ Work”. David, a resident of Ottawa County, has worked for the Oak Harbor Community Markets store for the past 15 years. Recently David and Lester Weatherwax, Supervisor and Store Manager of Community Markets, discussed what is behind that great smile David flashed for the billboards.

David shared that he previously worked in the fast food business for 8-9 years before being hired at the grocery store. He remembers the day he was hired vividly and how his soon to be boss went to Riverview Industries Inc. (now RVI Inc.) to interview another gentleman before his interview. David explains that he went in for his interview and was hired on the spot. He began his job at the grocery store by learning multiple tasks including cleaning, stocking and bagging groceries.

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Ability Center to host Emergency Services Olympics on Saturday

The Ability Center will be hosting The Ottawa County Emergency Services Olympics on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 1-3 p.m. at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton. The Olympics is a series of competitions among 14 Port Clinton-area Fire/EMS and Police Departments. This is the fourth year for the event, which has featured contests in Uno, air rifle, basketball shooting, taco eating and Quiz Bowl. 

This year the Olympics will kick off with a Wheelchair Obstacle Course hosted by the Ability Center of Ottawa County office. Each participant will roll through a series of obstacles while using a manual wheelchair. Some of the obstacles the EMS/Fire and Police contestants will face this Saturday include corn-hole toss, limbo, drinking from a drinking fountain and opening doors. 

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Local Advocate Eryn Sanders Honored with National Youth Development Award

Eryn Sanders, Rural Outreach Coordinator for The Ability Center of Greater Toledo –Ottawa Office, was awarded the APRIL Linda Gonzalez Award at the National APRIL Conference. 

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, non-profit membership organization consisting of Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, state-wide Independent Living Councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America. APRIL hosts an annual conference in rural parts of the country each year. Participants and presenters from all over the United States attend to talk about the impact of rural issues for people with disabilities living in rural America. Each year, at the national APRIL conference, the APRIL Board awards the Linda Gonzales Award to a person who has made a significant impact in rural youth issues. This year Eryn Sanders was honored, receiving the award for her impact on community partnerships in the six rural Counties the Ability Center serves. 

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