Albany, NY - Senator Rich Funke announced Wendy Bleier-Mervis, Executive Director of Camp GoodDays and Special Times, as the 2015 Woman of Distinction for the Senate 55th District this weekend. The New York State Women of Distinction program honors women's history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference in the community.
"Wendy's work through Camp Good Days and Special Times has meant so much to children dealing with cancer and their families," said Funke. "I hope she continues the hard work at the camp for years to come and I am honored to select her for this recognition."
Wendy began at Camp Good Days as a volunteer in 1991 as a lifeguard, then became a program Director, then Camp Director and Assistant Executive Director before taking on the busy job of Executive Director. Last year was especially stressful after Camp Good Days faced serious damage from flooding. Thanks to great community support and an amazing volunteer spirit, the cleanup and reconstruction was finished in time for another camping season.
"For Rich to recognize all that we do at Camp Good Days and all that I do, I'm very appreciative," said Mervis. "I would never have expected this in my wildest dreams to be recognized for this, so yes, I'm very surprised and honored.