O’Neil Honored with Emeritus Status
OGDENSBURG – A retired educator from Ogdensburg who dedicated 12 years to service on the United Helpers Management Company Board of Directors was recently granted emeritus status by the organization.
Ms. Myrna O’Neil began volunteering with United Helpers in 2011, serving on the unit membership for United Helpers Nursing Home, Inc. and the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Committees. She also played a key role in much of the organization’s fundraising activity over the past 12 years.
During her time on the board, Ms. O’Neil also became a resident of what was then RiverLedge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center on three different occasions. She credits the United Helpers organization for saving her life and teaching her to walk again.
“You guys basically saved my life,” she said. “Tim (Timothy Parsons) got me walking when no one thought I would ever walk again.” Mr. Parsons, a former physical therapist, now serves as Vice President of Operations for United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Canton.
“As a member of our board and someone who spent time with us as a resident, Myrna brought a unique perspective to the table that was invaluable and will greatly be missed,” said CEO Todd R. Amo.
The announcement of Ms. O’Neil’s emeritus status was made at the most recent board of directors’ meeting. Society of the United Helpers President Joseph Finnegan presented Ms. O’Neil with a plaque, while Board of Directors President Darlene Liscum presented her with a framed copy of the proclamation announcing the honor.
Reading from the proclamation Mrs. Liscum said, “Ms. O’Neil has dedicated countless hours in support of the staff and leadership team. She has served as an influential mentor and colleague to her fellow directors, as well as a vocal community supporter of United Helpers and its services.”