FARMINGTON HILLS — For the past 44 years, The Arc of Oakland County has honored groups and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with its annual Dove Awards Ceremony. This year, out of a pool of more than 1,200 nominations, JARC’s Kristi Davis and Harold Folkoff have been selected for two Dove awards, winning the Inclusion Leadership Award and Sheldon Dunn Inspiration Award, respectively.
Davis, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist for JARC, was named winner of Arc’s 2014 prestigious Inclusion Leadership Award for her dedication to making community inclusion a priority for men and women with developmental disabilities. Through her resourceful and creative ways, Davis has introduced recreational services to help individuals improve their health, independence, and quality of life.
Folkoff, a participant in JARC’s Independent Living Services program, who won the organization’s Sheldon Dunn Inspiration Award. Folkoff was honored for his history of spreading disability awareness through his public speaking. He is an advocate, activist, and provides a powerful voice for disabled men and women in the greater Detroit-area.
“Both Kristi and Harold are role models to us all and we’re so proud of them for being recognized by The Arc of Oakland County for their hard work and dedication in enhancing the lives of others,” said Rick Loewenstein, CEO of JARC. “They both have made significant contributions to JARC and, most importantly, our community, helping the people we serve everyday and being strong advocates for everyone with developmental disabilities.”