Mary Walsh Boatfield
President and CEO, Ability Partners, Inc. — CP Rochester, Happiness House and Rochester Rehabilitation
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
I have learned to be open-minded, willing to take risks, and welcome new opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. I learned that if you want to be treated with kindness and respect you have to treat others the same way, and I try to carry this example forward in all my interactions with others.
What’s been your biggest success?
As champions for change, creativity and innovation, CP Rochester, Happiness House and Rochester Rehabilitation have been forerunners in working collaboratively to develop services designed to meet the needs of the local community, including non-certified transitional housing for individuals with disabilities, affordable housing for low-income and special needs individuals, the creation of Autism Services of the Finger Lakes, and the development of the Golisano Autism Center in the city of Rochester, which offers an array of services under one roof to individuals with autism and their families.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
Following the examples of successful community initiatives such as Project Uplift and RMAPI, I hope that we remain community-minded, focusing our attention and assistance on helping our most vulnerable individuals with the greatest needs to live their most authentic lives possible.