In honor of the 20th year of the Lyle E. Oncken Community Service Award, the Board of Directors of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Inc. chose two recipients for 2009, Bruce Conley of Conley Outreach Community Services (COCS) in Elburn and Stephanie Weber of Suicide Prevention Services (SPS) in Batavia.
This award is given annually to a resident or residents of the south Kane County area who is nominated by members(s) of the public for exemplary service in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse as a volunteer or employee, and who is then selected by the Inc. Board for the honor.
Conley has been active in the Elburn area his entire life. As founder of COCS, Conley has worked tirelessly to facilitate mental health services, especially in areas concerning grief and loss, to the residents of western Kane County. Conley developed the concept of the community care team, a network of natural helpers, in order to respond to friends and families problems. He has been active in such groups as compassionated friends, survivors of suicide, and several others.
Conleyâ€™s award will be presented to him at the Conley Farm Clean-Up Day, Saturday, April 25, at noon. Volunteers are welcome to begin help with grounds work at 9 a.m.
For more information, call the Inc. board office at (630) 892-5456.