Mark Daniels

Congratulations to Volunteer of the Year Mark Daniels!

Westtown Center members work on their cartoons as Mark Daniels looks on.

Westtown Center members work on their cartoons as Mark Daniels looks on.

For more than four years, Mark Daniels has been a champion of and mentor for Envision Unlimited members sharing his passion for the arts at the Westtown Center with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has launched a recurring cartoon club, hosted field trips to the Art Institute and other Chicago-area art museums and exhibits, and most recently inspiring members to try a new physical challenge and get themselves swinging (literally) their golf clubs at the driving range.

By vocation Mark leads global mobility and community engagement for a software company based in both Chicago and San Francisco. But his vocation is born through his love for artistic ventures and connecting people into meaningful communities.

He is a strong advocate in his professional and personal life for breaking down stereotypes, mental health awareness and the importance of supporting and celebrating diversities. He's a firm believer in pushing through those imposed limits to help people with disabilities explore the dozens of creative indoor and outdoor activities and have a good time doing it.

"This work is so energizing and it's remarkable to see how the staff work so hard to make these new experiences possible – I wouldn't be able to do this without them," said Mark. "It is so rewarding to witness my new friends discovering their artistic talents and experiences they never dreamed possible – all with a healthy dose of fun and laughter."