Annette Bowling, who represents Albany ARC, won the Nobis Foundation Barrier Breaker Award.
For the past 40 years, Annette Bowling has provided leadership not only to the Albany ARC, but she has paved the way for countless other non-profits and state agencies to develop community based opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Her actions broke down barriers and gave others an easier path.
From salvaging a local non-profit by selling a van to make payroll that first month on the job to aggressively growing the Albany ARC into a premier disability advocacy organization, Annette has used her considerable fortitude, amazing stamina and passion for her work to blaze trails.
Her pre-school program provided free services for children with disabilities at a time when typical child care refused entrance.
Her case management program ensured that individuals with disabilities were able to travel the complex and multiple Georgia systems and realize independence.
Her group homes broke down the community barriers of ignorance and fear while making local elected officials aware of the need to support and care for their own.
Zoning laws were clarified under her watch.
Annette's High School High Tech program showcased the accomplishments of students with disabilities in a positive way and broke down the barriers of stigma.
Her vocational programs put people to work in a competitive environment and proved the Ability of those previously pigeon holed in sheltered environments.
Annette's program for offenders with disabilities provided persons with safety net case management and ensured that re-offences did not occur. It served as a state model and broke down barriers and preconceived notions about offenders.
Nobis Works (NW), formerly Tommy Nobis Center has raised more than $97,000 for its 15th Annual Galaxy of Stars Luncheon & Tommy Awards Ceremony to take place May 8, 2013 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel at Cobb Galleria Centre Debbyn Milligan of Hiram, vice president of Rental, Repair and CRTV for The Home Depot serves as honorary chairwoman. Ashlie Wilson Pendley of Marietta serves as event chairwoman.
Galaxy of Stars event sponsors include Presenting Sponsor WellStar; Constellation Sponsors Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. and Southern Company; Media Sponsor WSB-TV; Comet Sponsors Sam P. Alterman Family Foundation, Inc.; Lance Cornell; Larry Gerdes; The Home Depot Foundation and Debbyn and Tim Milligan. Star Sponsors include Cobb EMC, Gas South, The Kroger Company, Marietta Power and Water, Ogletree Deakins and TDCR Group, LLC (formerly Five Smiths Foundation).