Press-Republican

November 2, 2012

Professionals honored by local businesswomen

By DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club recently presented its annual awards to a local woman and agency.

Nancy Sucharski of Industrial Med Testing was named Businesswoman of the Year, and Champlain Valley Family Center was honored as Employer of the Year.

‘RESPECTED’

“I’m very honored. It came as a complete surprise,” Sucharski said of being notified of the award.

She thanked her family for its support in helping her start up and run the business.

Sucharski opened Industrial Med Testing, now located at 220 Tom Miller Road, in 2004. The business offers occupational health screenings for businesses and municipalities.

She was nominated for the award by Colleen LeClair, office manager at the business.

In the nomination letter, Leclair said Sucharski worked independently for the first several years to develop the business into the thriving facility it is today. She has four employees, three of whom are women.

“Nancy continually strives to improve as well as expand her services as the need arises for many area businesses. She works with several employment agencies in the community in order to ensure all rules and regulations are closely followed to help increase the workforce to our community.

“She is highly respected by many local business men and women, and is constantly giving advice to help their businesses grow and remain compliant in their safety conscious environments.”

INVOLVED

LeClair said Sucharski is also an avid community volunteer. She has been active in the Relay for Life and the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge and recently joined the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired Board of Directors.

Sucharski also volunteers her services at health fairs and takes time to talk about her profession at local colleges.

She received a one-year membership in the club as part of her award.

‘RESTORING FAMILIES’

Champlain Valley Family Center, located at 20 Ampersand Drive, is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization that has provided substance-abuse treatment, prevention, education and support programs to Clinton County residents for 30 years.

Executive Director Connie Wille said that when she was told of the award, she wasn’t even aware she had been nominated.

“I was blown away,” she said.

Wille said their 25-member team is very mission driven.

“We’re about restoring families,” she said. “On behalf of our team, I am humbled. Thank you.”

The organization was nominated by Program Coordinator Dana Isabella. In her letter, she said working there is more than a job; it is a labor of love for the agency, her co-workers and the people of Clinton County.

“As a female single parent, I can attest to the support, opportunities for growth and personal development Champlain Valley Family Center has offered to me as a professional over the last 12 years. Not only is it the mission of Champlain Valley Family Center to promote well-being in our community, it also supports the well-being of its employees.”

Those thoughts were echoed by comments from co-workers also contained in the nomination letter. That includes flexible schedules, a child-friendly atmosphere and an equitable workplace for  all.

HOW TO JOIN

People interested in joining the local Business and Professional Women’s Club are asked to call Amanda Thomas at 569-4911 or email her at athomas@resresources.com.

Email Dan Heath:

dheath@pressrepublican.com