Venango Human Services resource fair set April 24

From staff reports

Venango County Human Services will hold its annual resource fair and awards presentation Wednesday, April 24, at the Quality Inn in Franklin.

The resource fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the hotel’s ballroom.

More than 45 tables will be set up to provide information about social service programs and area providers.

The featured speakers at the event will be Christine Gaus, a family adviser from PA Family Network, and Joseph Croskey, a professor at Clarion University.

Gaus will speak on “Creating a Vision for a Good Life.” She has been involved in the disability community, both professionally and personally, for more than seven years. Her advocacy work began when her son was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Gaus presents workshops and works directly with families in accordance to the mission and goals of the PA Family Network. This work gives her the opportunity to collaborate not only with stakeholders but the broader community.

Croskey will speak on “Mindful Wellness.”

He has been involved with contemplative practices from various traditions for more than 20 years. He works with businesses and individuals to apply leadership, mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices to improve workplace efficiency, culture, morale and well-being. Croskey is a certified trainer for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, the mindfulness program developed at Google.

Eleven awards will be given to people in the community who have supported county residents over the past year. The awards presentation will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the adjacent Garrison Room at the Franklin hotel.

There is no admission fee for either event.