Recently, two members of
our Bernier Carr Family were recognized for their
selfless contributions to others in two very different
ways. We believe that their stories are noteworthy
enough to share with you.
In 2011, the Lehman family of Croghan, New York learned
that their 14 year old son Ethan was experiencing end
stage kidney failure. Ethan was immediately placed on
dialysis and the search began for an acceptable kidney
donor. Ethan’s parents, Mickey and Jan, were both ruled
out as potential donors so Ethan’s older brother Zach
stepped in and volunteered. Zach was found to be an
acceptable match. Last May, Zach and Ethan had
successful surgeries in Boston. Today Ethan is
experiencing the life of an active 16 year old and older
brother Zach is teaching physical education and coaching
at Beaver River Central School District. During his
college years, Zach participated in Bernier Carr &
Associate’s Summer Intern Program. Zach was recently
presented with the Youth Good Samaritan Award by the
American Red Cross at their Hero’s breakfast in
Watertown for his amazing contribution to his brother.
"I don’t feel like I’m a hero. I did what any good
brother would do. I would do it again in a heartbeat."
said Zach when interviewed for the award. Mickey Lehman,
the boy’s father, is a Principal and Executive Vice
President at Bernier Carr & Associates.
Greater Watertown – North Country Chamber of Commerce
has selected a business leader in the community to
receive the Arnold I. Shapiro Award annually since 1952.
The award is given to those that demonstrate outstanding
citizenship, achievement, leadership, dedication and
motivation and for contributing to civic and social
welfare activities. Bernier Carr’s Chief Executive
Officer, Bernie Brown was honored as the 2012 award
recipient at a ceremony held recently. Bernie, his wife
Bev, and sons Jacob and Thomas have been members of the
Watertown community since 1984 when Bernie began his
career with the firm. Dan Villa, the 2008 recipient of
the award stated "Probably one of the most important
attributes of good citizenship that Bernie emulates is
to lead by example; there are so many things he has
done, anonymously and without fanfare, to make our
community a better place. Good citizenship is part of
his character and who he is as a man, they are
inextricable". Rande Richardson who received the award
in 2002 offered, "He always strives to be on the cutting
edge of effecting the region for the better, both
professionally and personally…I have witnessed several
incidences of Bernie’s wiliness to extend a helping hand
to an individual or organization in need. This type of
humble leadership is all too rare, but, inspirational
"The mark of an immature man
is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark
of the mature man is he wants to live humbly for one"
18th Annual Children's Gift & Fund Drive
Kay Holloway were the winners of this beautiful quilt made
my Linda Rohde, Administrative Assistant at Bernier, Carr &
Associates. Everyone that gave to the Annual Gift Drive was
eligible to win the drawing.
JCC Program Review
Carr & Associates is proud to support Jefferson
Community College in many ways. Recently, Mark B.
Kimball, P.E. and Kelly
E. Reinhardt participated in the five year review of the
and Business Programs, respectively. The five year
review of the programs is very valuable to the
Departments as they update their courses to better fit
the employers needs for potential new hires. We enjoyed
being able to assist the College as they grow and meet
their strategic goals for the next five years.
Adopt a Platoon
Tunstall recently went to Ft. Drum’s Wheeler-Sack
Airfield to accept an award of appreciation (on behalf
of Bernier, Carr & Associates) for our continued support
of the Ft. Drum soldiers while they are deployed. It was
a great event where she was presented a plaque and a
flag from the Ft. Drum Aviation Brigade.
The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center
(JRC) surprised Mari L. Cecil, AIA of Bernier, Carr &
Associates, P.C. with a commemorative coin thanking her
for her service to the organization over the years. JRC
arranged to have the coin presented to Ms. Cecil by Mr.
Craig Conroy, former NHL Hockey Player for the Calgary
Flames. Ms. Cecil has been working with the Jefferson
Rehabilitation Center since 1989.
Motorcycle Ride Benefit
Bernier, Carr & Associates,
P.C. held a motorcycle ride to benefit the American
Heart Association’s Heart Walk. The ride brought
them through beautiful parts of the North Country
and concluded with a barbeque. The riders had a
great day for a great cause.
American Heart Association
Bernier, Carr & Associates staff participate
in the American Heart Association Heart
Walk. The total amount raised has yet to be
tallied, but it was a beautiful day and
hundreds of walkers participated!!
Sackets Harbor Central School District
Bernard H. Brown, Jr., CEO of Bernier, Carr &
Associates recently posed as Augustus Sackett,
founder of Sackets Harbor, NY, at Sackets Harbor
Central School on the occasion of their “Famous for
a Day” event. This event brings local “dignitaries”
to the school to tell of their life and connection
to Sackets Harbor. Other famous dignitaries that
visited the school that day were Zebulon Pike,
Elizabeth Hoisington, Julia Dent Grant, Sydney
Smith, Emma Lindsey, Marietta Pickering Hay and Mrs.
The Bernier Carr Group is made up of Bernier, Carr & Associates and Mach Architecture + Engineering, P.C.