Provided by Independence Empowerment Center
On behalf of Independence Empowerment Center (IEC), the Senator Charles J. Colgan Advocacy award was given to local entrepreneur John Holohan III. The award is bestowed annually by the Center for Independent Living, which serves Prince William and Fauquier Counties, Manassas and Manassas Park.
What sets Mr. Holohan apart is his dedication to his artwork, which has contributed to his advocacy. His artwork has given him an entrée into the school system, which has allowed him to mentor some of our youth. By using his artwork, he helped one of our consumers earn the money needed to purchase an accessible van by sponsoring her through an art show. The van she was then able to purchase has freed her to go look for a way to make her advanced education work for her. PWL Mr. Holohan is the Vice President of IEC’s Board of Directors and has taken his role very seriously by always having his eye open for ways to support us financially, and by learning all he can about small non-profit boards.
The award is named for Senator Charles J. Colgan, who has long been a friend to the disability community. He was a strong advocate of disability related issues while in the State Senate, including financial, employment and rights of people with disabilities. The award was presented at IEC’s annual holiday open house on Wednesday, December 15th in Manassas by Board President Raymond Beverage and Executive Director Dr. Mary Lopez. The person who nominated him for the award, Karen Lee, was a proud on-looker.
A second award was given to Mr. Alan Smiley, who was recognized as the Employee of the Year. Mr. Smiley works quietly and vigorously on behalf of the consumers he serves. So many called in to tell us how much it meant to them to have such a dedicated person working on their or their children’s behalf that the award was almost impossible to not give!