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InMemoriamAudreyPearsonTheILABoardMembersandExecutiveDirectorreminisceaboutAudreyPearsonssingularcontributionstotheILAfamily.Dr.BarbaraKirwinILABoardMemberAtBoardMeetingsIoftensatnexttoAudreybecauseshewasalwayssofriendlywittyandfulloflife.IneverheardAudreysayanegativewordaboutanythingexceptwhenitcametoprotectingILAsreputationandthelevelofcareforourIndividualswhomshewasercelydedicatedtoprotecting.Audreywasaladyofdignityandeleganceaconsummatementalhealthprofessionalwhowasalsostreetwisethroughhermanyyearsofexperienceinthesocialservicesector.WheneverprojectswereproposedthatmightbeunwiseoradeparturefromILAsusualwayofdoingbusinessAudreycouldgalvanizetheentireBoardbehindherbyrmlyandquietlyremindingusThisisnotwhatILAisallabout.IsatnexttoAudreyinNovemberatherlastBoardmeeting.Iraisedmyglasstotoastherandthecourageshewasmanifestinginherghtagainstcancer.ToILAscontinuedsuccesssheresponded.EvenwhenshebecameillAudreyPearsonalwaysputthemissionofILAbeforeherownpersonalneeds.ShedevotedmuchtimeandexpertisetoherdutiesasaBoardMemberandvolunteeredformanyspecialcommitteemeetings.AudreyPearsonSocialWorkerhumanitarianandgenuinelydecentandhumblepersonwillbesorelymissed.CarltonT.ButlerEsq.ILABoardMemberAudreywasalwaysfocusedonwhatwasbestforILAsIndividuals.ShewastheembodimentofcompassionandlivedforandbyherfaithandbeliefinalovingGod.Wearebetterbecauseweknewher.Untilwemeetagainmyfriend.MarvinHollowayILABoardMemberWhenwethinkofAudreyPearsonwethinkofakindgivingpersonalwaysreadytohelpmakeitbetterforothers.Shecouldalsoseethroughcamouagethatgetsinthewayremoveitandgetthingsgoing.MarshaWillnerILABoardMemberAudreyPearsonwasanextraordinaryperson.ShedidwonderfulworkforILAandwewillallmissherverymuch.DavidBlumILABoardMemberAudreycameontotheBoardwithimpeccablecredentialsandshecertainlyliveduptothem.Shewasextremelyprofessionalandknowledgeableandshebroughtstronginsighttooureld.ShewasatrueassettotheBoardofDirectors.ArthurPalevskyILAExecutiveDirectorAudreyhadconsiderableinuenceontheBoard.WithasinglequestionorstatementofpositionAudreywouldconvincinglymovetheBoardforwardtoaccomplishILAsmission.HerinuencewasdeeplyrootedinherexperienceinthehumanserviceseldandhercommitmenttoourIndividuals.NotallofILAsstaffareawareofAudreyscontributionstoILA.ItisunfortunatebutIbelievethatshepreferreditthatway.Audreydidgoodforthesakeofdoinggood.AudreyPearsonrightwithfellowBoardMembersMarvinHollowayandDr.BarbaraKirwin.MichaelrelatesastoryofhowtheresilienceofoneofourIndividualsDonnaenableshertocontendwithmultiplephysicaldisabilitieswiththesupportofourstaffandexcellentmedicaltreatment.AllofthesestoriesarespecialremindersthatasthecaretakerofourIndividualswemustadvocatetirelesslyfortheirrighttomedicalcareandaqualitylifeinasupportiveenvironment.TheTrialsofLongevityThinkaboutRuthsbeautifulstoryofhowsomeofherIndividualswouldstrollacrosstheboardwalkanddreamofsailingonboatspassinginthebay.Thosesamepeoplearenowmedicallyfrailandunabletoenjoythosewalks.Thisisnotastoryofdespairbutofhope.ThoseofuswholivelongenoughwillfacethatsamefatebutweshouldlivethosedayswiththedignitywedeserveandthesupportweearnedasdoILAresidents.ILAwillcontinuetofacethechallengesofcommunityinclusionandhealthcarefundingbutourghttoobtaintheserightswillbefueledbyinspiringcommentsfrompeoplelikeCarmelaCiceroDonnasmotherwhosaysthatourstafftreatsDonnasowellthatsheknowsherdaughterishome.AndwhenMarieexplainsthatourIndividualsshowtheycareaboutstaffasmuchasstaffcaresaboutthemwhatmoredoweneedMessagefromtheExecutiveDirectorLookingBacktoLookAheadcontinuedfrompage2HoldtheDateILAEighthAnnualGolfOutingRemembertojoinILAfamilyandfriendsforagreatdayinthesunandaneveningoffunattheeighthannualgolfoutingatHarborLinksGolfCoursePortWashingtonNewYorkonSeptember182014.Callusat718-852-2000forinformationonhowtobecomeapartofourteam5