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McLean honored for volunteer work with Arc of Washington County

July 16, 2007

William "Mac" McLean was recently honored by the Maryland Association of Community Service (MACS) as a volunteer honoree at an annual awards luncheon at Harris Crab House in Kent Island, Md.

McLean was accompanied to the reception by Arc of Washington County Board of Directors members Jan Ernst, president, and Dot Kalback, secretary, along with Arc Executive Director Phyllis Landry, who nominated McLean for the prestigious award.

McLean was presented an award for being the driving force of change, advocacy and progress at Arc of Washington County for the past 55 years. MACS is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening agencies to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families in their own communities. MACS is comprised of more than 100 agencies across Maryland.

Starting in 1952, McLean, his wife Mary, and a dozen other parents started a school in Washington County to address the unmet needs of their children with developmental disabilities. From there, he was instrumental in starting the many programs that are still offered today. McLean has served on the board of directors for Arc since its inception, and as president, off and on, for 13 years, as well as on countless committees. He has also served on the board of directors for the Arc of Maryland for a number of terms.

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McLean remains a constant in the life of his daughter Coe, one of the first residents in the Arc program.

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