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Delegate Hope Honored with the 2012 ‘Collaborations Leadership Award’ for “Staunch Support of Virginians with Disabilities” Print


For Immediate Release

October 4, 2012



Amy Thomas, President, Virginia Association for Persons in Supported Employment (VA-APSE), Delegate Patrick Hope, Dave Wilber, President, vaACCSES and COO, Eggleston Services, Norfolk and Ned Campbell, President, Virginia Rehabilitation Association (VRA) 


Virginia Beach, Virginia – On Monday evening, Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) received the "Collaborations Leadership Award" for 2012 from the Virginia Rehabilitation Association (VRA), the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), and the Virginia Association of Persons in Supported Employment (VA-APSE). The award is a joint effort by three statewide associations in Virginia to recognize an individual for outstanding leadership in making a difference in the lives of Virginians with disabilities.

According to the coalition's congratulatory letter, Delegate Hope was recipient of the 2012 Collaborations Leadership Award because of his "tireless efforts and staunch support of Virginians with disabilities." The letter goes on to say, "The Collaborations Leadership Award recognizes an individual whose outstanding efforts on behalf of people with disabilities merits special recognition. Collaborative efforts on behalf of this individual must have resulted in improved and expanded services for citizens with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Collaborations Conference '98 was the first time the three associations jointly paid tribute to a single individual whose efforts have resulted in improved outcomes for the Virginians with disabilities that we serve."

Karen Tefelski, Executive Director of vaAccses, remarked that "Patrick is a true advocate for Virginians with disabilities and a rising star in the disability field. He never misses an opportunity to stand up and speak to his legislative colleagues and others about how Virginia's most vulnerable populations need to be protected from budget cuts, empowered and involved in the services planning, and have a choice with where they want to live and where they want to work. She further commented that although he has this great plaque outside his office that states - This office belongs to the people of the 47th District; we believe that his office belongs to all of us in the disability field because he speaks on behalf of all Virginians with disabilities. Because of this and more, Patrick A. Hope is the 23rd recipient of the Collaborations Leadership Award."

Accepting the award at 2012 Collaborations Conference in Virginia Beach, Delegate Hope remarked, "At its most basic level, the rights of people with disabilities are about equal opportunity, equal access, and self determination. Virginia is at its very best when we recognize the rights of individuals with disabilities are basic, fundamental civil rights. While we have much more to do, I have always believed that every individual has value and deserves equal opportunities to live and work in their communities." Delegate Hope concluded, "I will always cherish this honor but make a promise to you today that I will never give up fighting for this cause."

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County. He serves on the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.


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