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June 24, 2002
OSWEGO -- Although she calls herself "a follower, not a leader," Peg McKinstry recently accepted Leadership Oswego County's 2002 Community Leadership Award.
Leadership Oswego County is sponsored by SUNY Oswego's Center for Business and Community Programs. Recognized at the program's adult class graduation at SUNY Oswego, McKinstry said the award honors the many leaders she has worked with over the years.
"Having been involved with many wonderful groups and worked in many interesting jobs, I've come to know many wonderful leaders," said McKinstry, who is public outreach and education coordinator for Oswego County's Department of Solid Waste and Recycling. "Between following them and becoming a cheerleader for each group's goals, I guess one becomes a leader."
The Oswego resident said the honor came as a bit of a surprise. "I've always looked at myself as a follower, not a leader," she said. "I have been really fortunate to follow so many great leaders, though."
Some of McKinstry's volunteer affiliations include the Oswego YMCA, the Oswego Chapter of the Central New York Alzheimer's Association, United Way of Greater Oswego County, Oswego County Historical Society, Oswego Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Committee and Oswego High School Reunion Committee.
In nominating McKinstry, Oswego artist Dan Distler noted that she "sees the good in people and the community. She offers her time, talent and efforts to promote and support that goodness."
In working on many committees with McKinstry, Distler observed how her passion and dedication make the community a better place.
"She leads, she delegates, she recruits, she motivates, she encourages, she inspires," he said. "Since I arrived in Oswego, I've had the opportunity to get to know many good people, but I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition that Peg McKinstry."
McKinstry shared advice with the 20 graduating members of Leadership Oswego County, who join more than 210 alumni in the program. "You've come to know and respect each other, follow each other, to plan and create our future," she said. "Who could ask for anything more?"
Leadership Oswego County program donors include American Express Financial Advisors, H. Douglas Barclay, Mary Dowd, Dunkin Donuts, Entergy Nuclear Northeast Inc., Fulton Savings Bank, Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging, Johnston's LP Gas Service Inc., Leadership Oswego County Alumni, Local 43 IBEW, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., A National Grid Co., Operation Oswego County Inc., Oswego County Business Magazine, Oswego County Opportunities, Oswego County Savings Bank, Oswego County Weeklies, PathFinder Bank, Carolyn Rush, Sithe Energies Inc. and Vickery Insurance.
For information more on Leadership Oswego County, call the SUNY Oswego Center for Business and Community Programs at 312-3492.
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