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Rehabiliation employment specialist to direct resiliency workshop at Albany Marine base

Long-time Albany resident and developmental disabilities advocate to give presentation Wednesday

Rehabilitation employment specialist Tom Connelly will be conducting a resiliency workshop on Wednesday at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. (File photo)

Rehabilitation employment specialist Tom Connelly will be conducting a resiliency workshop on Wednesday at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. (File photo)

MCLB-ALBANY — When troubles befall, there are some who are able to bounce back fairly easily. For others, more guidance is need to help them not fall apart.

Tom Connelly, a long-time resident of Albany and rehabilitation employment specialist for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, is scheduled to conduct a presentation on resiliency at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

The event is open to the general public, but officials at the base say reservations are required.

Connelly has written 35 articles and columns, almost 20 of which have appeared in The Albany Herald. Some have appeared in Brain Injury Association of America and The Perspectives Network publications, among others.

Connelly has conducted presentations more than 300 times on brain injury and compensatory learning strategies. Audiences have included Emory University medical students, Georgia Regents University physical therapy and occupational therapy students and University of Georgia graduate students. He currently holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Fort Valley State University, and has been accepted into two doctorate programs.

He also serves as vice chair of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, having served with GCDD since 2005 and getting elected as vice chair earlier this year. He is one of two from the Albany area serving on the council along with Teresa Heard, director of nursing and clinical services for Easter Seals Southern Georgia and a parent advocate.

In addition, Connelly is a member of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center advisory board. A member of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College.

Menu for Wednesday’s event includes Southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, white pepper gravy, vegetable medley, tossed salad, rolls and sweet tea for $7.50 per person. Tickets are available from Marine and Family Programs by calling (229) 639-5276 or the base’s Town and Country Restaurant by calling (229) 639-5223.