Former NYPA Employee Honored at Banquet
April 27, 2001
NIAGARA FALLSEmily Worrell, a recent retiree at the
New York Power Authority's Niagara Power
Project, was honored as the Power Authority's 2001 Niagara County Black Achiever
during an awards banquet at the Days Inn-Riverview in Niagara Falls, Friday, April 27.
Worrell was cited for her accomplishments as a volunteer in the Niagara County
community. Her charitable commitments include visiting the sick in hospitals, nursing
facilities and private homes as a full-time missionary, since the early 1980s, with
the Northwest Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. She holds a Certificate in Sign Language
from the Center for Independent Living and currently volunteers teaching sign.
"It is quite an achievement to be recognized by the Power Authority and the Black
Achievers," said Worrell. "I am humbled by this honor and look forward to
continuing my volunteer work."
Worrell retired from Power Authority this past April 20 after a 22-year career at the
Niagara Project. She was a janitor with the Projects general maintenance staff since
1990. Prior to that she served as photo printer assistant, mechanic helper, electric
helper and general maintenance clerk.
Worrell was one of 14 Niagara County residents sponsored by their employers as Niagara
County Black Achievers of the Year. The Black Achievers program recognizes minority
employees who have displayed exemplary leadership, dedication and commitment in
education, business or the arts, or as volunteers in Niagara County.
"Emily Worrell and those Power Authority employees who have previously been
recognized through the Black Achievers program, are role models for all of us," said
Jim Ford, NYPAs regional manager of Western New York.
"In our years of working with Emily, we have found her to be well-liked and
respected. She is deeply religious and family-oriented," said Sandra Domin, chief
custodian, and Wyndola McClain, head janitor. "From all of us at the Authority, we
wish Emily many happy, healthy years ahead."
Sponsorship proceeds, from the Black Achievers program, benefit a college scholarship
fund for select Niagara County high school seniors. Nine seniors will be receiving
scholarships this year through the fund.
In retirement, Worrell will add volunteer duties at the West Seneca Developmental
Disabilities Center assisting retarded children plus transporting cancer patients for the
American Cancer Society and caring for animals with Canine Helpers.
Worrell resides in Niagara Falls. Her immediate family includes daughter Letia, sons
Otis and Enrico, and Enricos wife Nina. She also has one grandson, Delano.
The Niagara County Black Achievers 26 Annual Awards Banquet was organized by the
Niagara County Black Achievers, Inc.
The New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project is the largest electricity
producer in the state. NYPA owns and operates the Niagara Project and 9 other generating
facilities around the state and provides about 25 percent of the state's electric power.