Community Leadership Award 2019
Sabine Ingerson directed services and advocated for individual with disabilities as the Regional Director for ARISE for 20 years until her retirement in December. She joined ARISE two years after the satellite office was established in Oswego and grew it to a regional office that provides over twenty programs including advocacy, independent living services, case management, personal care services, social recreational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the ramp program.
Sabine is passionate about inclusion not only in the classroom but also in the community at large. She and her team partnered with other agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, educational entities such as CiTi and SUNY Oswego as well as elected officials of townships and cities to provide ramps for individuals at their homes so they can safely participate in all our county has to offer. More than 400 ramps have been constructed throughout the county within the last 17 years. She collaborated with several community partners to advocate for the installation of audible pedestrian signals, design the signs "Yield to the Blind" and establish the Oswego Healthy Mile. Other committees Sabine continues to serve on include the Oswego Transportation Committee and the Literacy Council where she serves as secretary.
She recently was elected to the board of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and is active on the Homeowner Support Committee assisting those who received a Habitat home to continue to be successful homeowners.
As a former exchange student from Germany Sabine has always been interested in serving as a member of organizations that promote international as well as local projects. She served as the Youth Exchange Officer for the Oswego Rotary Club, hosted students from Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile and Poland and organized a winter weekend for area exchange students for many years. As a member of the Zonta Club of Oswego she chairs the international committee and initiated their annual celebration of International Women's Day.
Sabine lives with her husband, Steve, in Minetto. She enjoys spending time with her three grown children and their families.