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County Executive Daniel P. McCoy Honors Albany County Volunteers for Community Service

4/16/2018 11:15:00 AM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today hosted the 2018 Albany County Executive's Volunteer Awards ceremony and honored seven local individuals for exemplary community service. The awards were presented to a diverse group of county volunteers who have donated their time and energy to help others.

"It is so important to acknowledge and thank the inspiring individuals who demonstrate outstanding volunteerism in our community." said McCoy. "Today I am reminded of the exceptional people we have here in Albany County as we celebrate those who have donated their time, skills and expertise so our community benefits."

Winners of the County Executive’s Volunteer Awards for 2018:

  • Francis William Asprion: Francis, also known as Bill, is a passionate individual, dedicating seven years as Chief and forty serving as a member of the Selkirk Fire District. He has competed in numerous extrication competitions across the state, and has helped create training programs through the Upstate Extrication Technicians group. He is an invaluable volunteer who is willing to give of his time for others.
  • Barbara Barbeau: Barbara is passionate about making a difference in the community. She is the founder of Albany’s Salvation Army soup kitchen, which closed but continued to volunteer to make food for the mobile canteen, providing food and outreach to people in need in Albany County. For over forty years Barbara has dedicated endless hours of service to the community.
  • Larry Bradley: Larry is the Volunteer Facilitator for the Men’s Pride Group, an organization devoted to serving the Capital District’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He is known for always saying yes with a smile on his face.
  • Christopher Diotte: Christopher is an 11th grader at Shaker High School who has demonstrated outstanding leadership by his volunteerism at St. Catherine’s center for children. In addition to providing events and parties, he organizes a toy drive each holiday season and fills individual stockings for each child. 
  • Jarron Frangie: Jarron is a Hudson Valley Community College student who exemplifies dedication and compassion and a constant willingness to help others. He serves as a volunteer on the Cohoes Youth Advisory Board. Jarron is also a member of National Honor Society, International Club, Character Ed, where he reads with Elementary students, and is a volunteer coach for the Cohoes Youth Soccer Tots. 
  • Thomas Mullins: Thomas dedicated over thirty years to Cohoes High School as a History teacher. Since retirement, he volunteers to host review classes for the students taking the Global Studies regents exam, and has been a long time supervisor for the Cohoes Mock Trial team. He has led the movement of repurposing bicycles for those who cannot afford bicycles, and has generously donated bikes to the Cohoes Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs across the region as well as Green Island Giving Tree, and has offered donations to hospitals of the area as well.
  • Barry Walston: Barry has served as a volunteer for the Juvenile Community Accountability Board Program since 2006, which holds adolescents accountable for their action instead of sending them to jail. He is also the President of the Albany Black Child Development Institute, President at Literacy NY of Greater Capital Region, and is actively involved in a number of other volunteer organizations in the Capital Region.

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