Foundation CEO Peggy O’Shea recognized by NAACP, On Point for College in Utica, NY

Retiring President and CEO Peggy O’Shea recently was recognized by the NAACP – Oneida County branch.

At the organization’s annual dinner, Darlene Mack-Brown and branch President Dietra Harvey presented O’Shea with a plaque in “recognition of her years of service and commitment to the NAACP.”

“In my opinion, Peggy has been very responsive in regard to the NAACP,” Harvey said. “Whenever we’ve had membership functions, she’s been supportive. She’s very tuned in to advocacy. She has a special commitment to education in our community and that is an area that is very important to us.”

Harvey also pointed to O’Shea’s commitment to bringing people from all backgrounds together around important community issues, including school readiness, college access and literacy.

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

“I see her efforts and I applaud it,” Harvey said.

O’Shea also recently received the Dream Maker award from On Point for College for her commitment to advancing access to college for area residents.

“We know that access to education for all residents is key to our area’s success,” said O’Shea who will retire at the end of 2014. “I, personally, know the power of education as I was the first in my immediate family to receive a bachelor’s degree. I also am personally passionate about providing equal opportunity to all people. I am fortunate that in my time at The Foundation, our committees, the Board and staff, have been equally as passionate about these community issues.”

On Point for College provides mentorship, tutoring and support services for youths to get to college, stay in college and succeed after college. See the impact On Point already has made on local and regional youths in this video.