2011 DAC Achievement Award
Third Annual DAC Achievement Award
Each year, the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) recognizes an individual and an organization that have improved the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Fresno. The 2011 winner of the DAC’s individual Achievement Award was Mr. Bud Breslin. The winner of the DAC’s organization Achievement Award was Snacks To You, a program of Vocation Plus Services, Inc (VPSI).
Mr. Breslin was recognized for his dedication and service on behalf of individuals with a variety of disabilities. He has been the Executive Director at the Valley Center for the Blind for the past year and a half. Because of his dedication and determination to keep the center’s doors open, Mr. Breslin has never taken a paycheck. Mr. Breslin is actively involved with Break the Barriers, an organization which provides and promotes inclusion for all people through sports and performing arts. He is a former Executive Director of the Fresno Area Down Syndrome Society. Mr. Breslin has an extensive volunteer background including service as a Licensed Minister of the Congregational Church, over 20 years as an active Kiwanian, and involvement with the Boy Scouts of America since 1949, during which time he was awarded the Silver Beaver by Sequoia Council. Additionally Mr. Breslin was an active Marine Reservist until retirement in December 1990.
Snack To You, a program of VPSI, was recognized for providing employment and vocational training to people with disabilities, allowing for community integration and skills development for their employees. Snacks To You is a lunch catering business which began in 2002 as a creative alternative means for revenue to continue programs and services in the face of funding cuts. VPSI is committed to maximizing the quality of each consumer's life by providing opportunities for employment, integration and independence in the community. In 2009 Snacks To You was given the Exemplary Employer Award by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In March of 2011 VPSI was honored by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as a Best Practice and invited to Tucson, Arizona to give a presentation on the Snack To You program.
“DAC is very proud to recognize Bud Breslin, Executive Director of Valley Center for the Blind, and Snacks To You for their dedication to serving people with disabilities,” said Michelle Bronson, chair of the DAC and Executive Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc. “Both Mr. Breslin and Snacks to You are committed to empowering people with disabilities to realize their full potential and to take pride in their employment.” Both recipients were selected at the DAC’s September 20, 2011 meeting and honored October 6, 2011 during the City Council meeting as part of the commemoration of October as Disability Awareness Month.