Altoona woman receives award

Courtesy photo Loretta Claiborne (left) and Lisa Biggica, UniqueSource Products & Services, congratulate Shelly Spagnoli (center) on her 2019 UniqueSource Achievement Award.

HERSHEY — Shelly Spagnoli of Altoona was awarded the UniqueSource Achievement Award June 17 at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

It was an evening to “Embrace the Abilities” of Pennsylvanians by showcasing the skills and talents that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace each and every day.

The UniqueSource Achievement Award was established in 1976 as the Nettie Mann Achievement Award to recognize outstanding workers from around the state who demonstrate exceptional character in living and coping with disabilities, particularly in the workplace.

Following the awards ceremony, guests were treated to an inspiring keynote address from celebrated Special Olympian and York County native Loretta Claiborne.

“If I had to sum Shelly up in one word, the word would be ‘tenacious,'” said Shelly’s supervisor, Gloria Pattie, Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

That was followed up by “strong,” “determined,” “amazing,” “persistent,” “devoted,” “caring” and “giving.”

Spagnoli is a photo license technician with varied responsibilities, including greeting customers, keeping accurate records and following procedures and policies.

“I like being able to put a smile not only on the faces of my co-workers, but also the faces of my customers,” Spagnoli said.

She also has a strong passion for organ recovery and education, which has led her to give speeches throughout the area on the importance of organ donation to help save other lives.


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