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The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence


       The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence

March 21, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence ( received a donation from Brookfield Renewable U.S. that will be used to support the purchase of an accessible dock system at the agency’s Dodge Pond facility. This donation was initiated and supported by the Rotary Club of Potsdam, N.Y.

Funds from Brookfield’s contribution will assist with the purchase of an aluminum wheel, leg dock with a kayak roller ramp that will be used at The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence’s Dodge Pond, which is a vacation destination and summer camp for adults and children with disabilities located in Oswegatchie, N.Y.

“We are grateful that our strong relationship with the Potsdam Rotary Club led to this extremely generous donation from Brookfield Renewable,” stated Lynn Pietroski, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence. “This contribution has made it possible for us to buy a dock that will make vacations and summer camp more fun and accessible to hundreds of people with disabilities throughout the year.”

Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world’s largest publicly traded, renewable power platforms. Their portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind, solar and storage facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Brookfield operates 74 hydropower facilities in Upstate New York, employing hundreds of North-Country residents, providing access to 95 recreational areas, while contributing $24 million to the tax base and investing over $18 million in capital projects annually.

“This contribution to The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence aligns perfectly with Brookfield’s guiding principle to be good corporate citizens,” said Mark Luciano, Stakeholder Relations Manager with Brookfield Renewable. “We are committed to ensuring the interests, safety and well-being of the communities in which we operate and to support people with disabilities to be able to fully utilize the beautiful water resource at Dodge Pond.”

The dock system will be in place and available for use during the 2023 Rotary Summer Camp for children. This year, the Rotary Camp weeks begin on July 10th and July 17th. Summer Camp for children is sponsored by Rotary Clubs in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties. Applications for Summer Camp are now being accepted and the form may be downloaded at or by emailing Dale Barker at Contact Me.

“Rotary is committed to service, diversity, and leadership. Our support for children with disabilities to attend Summer Camp aligns well with our strategic vision,” stated Michael P. Griffin, North Central New York Area Governor, Rotary District 7040. “We are proud that Rotary’s long-standing partnership with The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence brought about a donation from Brookfield for this dock because it will benefit so many area children.”

The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence provides lifelong opportunities that enhance the lives of people, so that they may achieve their goals. To learn more, visit, find us on Facebook and Instagram, or subscribe to the YouTube Channel.

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In the photo from left to right: Duane Pelkey, Potsdam Rotary President; Tara Carr, The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Chief Operations Officer; Mark Luciano, Brookfield Renewable Stakeholder Relations Manager; Michael Griffin, Rotary District 7040 Area Governor; Lynn Pietroski, The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Chief Executive Officer; Tim Welpe, The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Chief Strategic Officer; Dale Barker, The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Dodge Pond Facility Manager; and Michelle Carpenter, The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Foundation Executive Director

Brookfield Donation $20,000 to Dodge Pond


About The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence: 
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence seeks to be the premier provider of services for people with diverse needs through the continuum of life.