Safeway, Eastern Division Awarded Employer of the Year

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NR: 15-08
October 21, 2008

Safeway, Eastern Division Awarded
Employer of the Year
by Fairfax Area Disability Services Board

Martha Glennan employer Award
Fairfax Area Disability Services Board
Recognizes Safeway with 2008 Martha Glennan
Employer of the Year Award.

Front Row (left to right):
Fairfax Area Disabilities Services Board members:
Kelly Greenwood, Georgia Rangel, Tapan Banerjee,
Cookie Hymer Blitz, Ann Pimley, and Judy Corn.
Back Row (left to right): Safeway store managers
Amadeu Oliveira and Jen Bradford,
Bill Stevens, Safeway employment coordinator,
Barbara Penrod, Safeway human resources advisor,
Gregory TenEyk, Safeway director of public affairs,
Bob Rudney Fairfax Area Disability Services Board
employment committee chair,
and Disability Services Board
members Tom Choman and Jackie Brown.

Safeway’s Eastern Division was awarded the 2008 Martha Glennan Employer of the Year Award by the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board on Monday evening, October 20, 2008. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to employing people with disabilities and maintaining a diverse workforce.

According to Robert Rudney, chairman of the board’s employment committee, the award recognizes Safeway “for providing reasonable accommodations such as retro-fitted counters and schedule adjustments as well as for working with job coaches and counselors to help employees with disabilities fulfill their potential.”

Safeway operates 140 stores in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. It employs 33 people with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities in its Northern Virginia stores.

Accepting the award for Safeway was Gregory A. TenEyck, director of public affairs and government relations.

The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board consists of 15 members appointed by local elected officials. Its mission is to include people with disabilities into mainstream community life by identifying, communicating, and advocating their diverse capabilities and needs to state and local governments and the private sector. The board also helps provide resources to meet the needs of persons with physical and sensory disabilities.

The board is supported by the Fairfax County Department of Family Services’ Disability Services, Planning and Development office which is part of the Division of Adult and Aging Services.

The Monday evening event, which took place at the Fairfax County Pennino Building in Fairfax, was part of the county’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Martha Glennan was a leading advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and was the founder and first chairperson of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board.

For more information on the Martha Glennan Employer of the Year Award, contact Carl Varner at 703-324-5219, TTY 703-449-1186 or


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services' Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.

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