Range Woman Dedicated To Helping Those With Developmental Disabilities

By KBJR News 1

March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter)---Recipients of the Northland's News Center's Annual Women in Leadership Award make a day to day difference in their communities.

Our spotlight Monday falls on Shelley Robinson, a woman who has dedicated her life to helping individuals with developmental disabilities.

Shelley Robinson always knew she wanted to work in special education.

Now, she's the Executive Director of the Range Center, a non profit organization that helps people with developmental disabilities become active community members.

"From a day to day basis I see gains, but working 25 years, not only do I see gains in individual lives, but I can also see gains in the industry itself," Robinson said.

Robinson helped to create the SoHo Arts program and store where people with both physical and cognitive disabilities create and sell their drawings paintings and candles.

"Its fabulous," she said. "It's award wining. We've won national and state awards for that store and that art that's in it."

Robinson juggles her time between numerous boards and committees and expects to complete her Doctor of Education in leadership this year.

"My dissertation is taking a closer look at how human resource professionals do hire, what are their practices on the Iron Range," she said.

On her free time Robinson likes to cook for family and friends but also for charities and social events.

The recipients will be honored at the 2012 Women in Leadership Award luncheon on March 28, at the Greysolon Ballroom.

Jennifer Walch
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