Power Authority Security Guard Honored for Volunteer Work

Joanne Willmott

June 3, 2003


NEW YORK—Dale R. Henry, a security guard at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project in Lewiston and the Power Authority’s Volunteer of the Year 2002, was honored Tuesday at the Friends of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Recognition Luncheon at Tavern on the Green in Manhattan’s Central Park.

Henry was nominated for the Volunteer-of-the-Year award by co-workers in recognition of the wide variety and history of vital volunteer services he provides to his community. He was selected as honoree by the Power Authority’s management committee.

 “Each year, the Power Authority’s Volunteer-of the-Year Program takes great pride in honoring a staff member, like Dale Henry, for exceptional contributions to their community,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the Power Authority. “Dale is a prime example of someone who enhances both the NYPA community and his own community through the boundless energy and high principles of the volunteer spirit which he so remarkably demonstrates.”

Henry, a lifelong resident and a member of the Tuscarora Indian Nation, joined the NYPA staff in March 2002. When working the night shift at the Niagara Project, he is able to devote daytime hours to his many and varied volunteer projects.

Henry has been an active volunteer since he was a teenager. Much of his volunteer efforts revolve around helping the reservation’s Tuscarora Senior Citizens with activities such as transporting them to doctor appointments and their fundraising events.

Henry manages the local basketball league, where he strives to set an example for young people, “by showing the value of volunteering for your own self and others, and proving you don’t have to get paid for everything you do.” He is also active in assisting with the organization of the reservation’s community fair, field day and roadside cleanups.

On May 3, 2003, Henry was recognized, at the Peter Doctor Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s 48th Annual Award Dinner, for his comprehensive volunteer work as president of Tuscarora Temperance Society.

In his community, Henry is known as “Rah Neh De Rah Nah,” or “He Who Helps.”  He was honored in 1999 as “Indian of the Year” by the Tuscarora Indian Nation.

Henry has an associates’ degree in liberal arts social science and another associates’ degree in public relations media arts, both from Niagara County Community College.