There seems to be no end to Donald Roy’s list of contributions to his community and workplace. His growing collection of awards verifies this claim.
Donald’s involvement with Alternatives goes back more than 30 years. The alliance began with vocational support. Now since his father died, the organization’s Supported Living program helps him live independently in his own apartment.
It’s not been a one-way street, however. You could say Donald gives back as much as he gets. His roster of contributions includes helping Alternatives raise money for others with disabilities, ushering at the Singh Performance Theater in Whitinsville and working with the Uxbridge First Holiday Night Committee. In fact, he is on the committee’s board of directors.
“He’s an inspiration to us all,” said Tom Bellacqua, committee chairman, who dubbed Donald “second-in-command.”
And the list goes on. Donald is part of the Blackstone Valley Self Advocacy Committee, where he learns and teaches others how to be an advocate for people with disabilities. He has delivered Meals on Wheels in Worcester and works at the Lifeskills nonprofit consignment shop in Webster.
At Lifeskills, he also holds the job of Assistant Safety Officer, making him responsible for inspections, training and the overall safety of the staff and his peers. No wonder Lifeskills has given him the Most Valuable Person award.
In 2007, Alternatives presented Donald with its Leadership Award for his ability to motivate and inspire others.
On an even wider scale, Donald received in 2010 the Arc of Massachusetts Michael Becker Award for Personal Achievement and Community Service in a ceremony at the Statehouse in Boston.
He has achieved all this despite his own need for assistance over the course of his life.
“Donald faces life’s challenges with both enthusiasm and a sense of humor that we can all learn from. His disability hasn’t prevented him from being an active participant in the community life,” said Lisa Hella, program developer at Alternatives.