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Job advisor receives BOCES' top leadership award
Cottrell was nominated for the award by co-workers citing his dedication to his students and tireless commitment to supporting community activities as a volunteer in a variety of capacities advocating for individuals with special needs. He has also been successful in developing partnerships with local businesses and organizations that have reaped clothing donations that have enabled his students to attend prom in the highest of fashion.   
“Dave has been a passionate advocate for students and families,” the nomination form reads. “As supervisor of the laundry services at the (Leslie F. Distin Education Center), he runs his job site like a well-oiled machine…He is always putting the needs and welfare of others first.” 
The award is named for Ronald E. Dougherty, a member of BOCES’ Board of Trustees from 1976 to 2006 and its president from 1985 to 2005. A 2003 Jefferson Award winner, Dougherty is a model for community leadership and public service. He was a member of the Tioga Central School Board for 11 years, is a former Tioga County legislator and past president of the Broome-Tioga School Boards Association. He also was instrumental in the formation of the Broome-Tioga Coalition for Education.
Candidates for the Ron Dougherty Award are nominated by their peers at BOCES. Applications are then reviewed by a selection committee comprised of a cross-section of employee groups.

Photograph (l-r): Broome Tioga BOCES Board President Sandra Ruffo, Dave Cottrell, BOCES District Superintendent Allen Buyck.
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