NEW CONCORD -- Troy McCollister, superintendent of Cambridge Developmental Center, provided information to members of the New Concord Lions Club during Developmental Disabilities month.
McCollister was originally inspired to work with the Developmental Disabilities population by a young man name Pete, who was a resident of Echoing Hills Village, one of the service projects areas supported by New Concord Lions.
After graduating from Muskingum University with a Psychology degree, McCollister went on to earn his Masters in Public Administration. He has been involved at every level of care at Cambridge Developmental Center from volunteer, QMRP (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional) providing direct care, to becoming Superintendent in November 2008. He also was Director at Guernsey County Jobs and Family Services, which has enhanced his knowledge of the many community service agencies within the area.
Cambridge Developmental Center is a state Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded. Currently, with 103 residents and over 200 staff members, CDC includes five living areas and a workshop. In the spectrum of care, its residents are among the most severely and multiply challenged, some with both developmental disabilities and psychiatric diagnoses. Each resident is assessed as to his/her individual needs and deficits and a habilitative plan is establish to help each resident function to the maximum potential.
McCollister has found his experience very rewarding and encourages others to consider getting involved in professions or volunteerism working with people who experience Developmental Disabilities. New Concord residents who have also found that to be true are Lion Jim Taylor, Lion Stan Richardson and Gail Requardt, who serve on the Cambridge Developmental Center Citizens Advisory Committee.
In other Lion business, District Governor Gary Kelsey and wife, Lion Pat, were guests at this meeting.
The Scholarship Committee thanked all students who have applied for the annual New Concord Lions Club Scholarship and are currently reviewing all applications with a winner to be announced at the end of the school year.
The annual car, truck and motorcycle show will be Saturday, June 19 (Father's Day) at the New Concord Elementary, Stormont Pavilion. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.
For information on any New Concord Lions activities, contact President Lion Terry Requardt at (740) 844-0025 or (740) 607-8783.