Ferguson Recognized By Senator Smith
“I think it’s important and necessary to recognize the constituents of my district that are volunteering of their time and giving of themselves to make the community a better place to live. Every month I will choose a different person to honor. I thought it only fitting that I honor Denean because she is extremely dedicated to making Far Rockaway a better place to live and work,” said Smith.
Ferguson is a 24-year resident of Far Rockaway. Her quest for God, 22 years ago, caused her to leave Long Island, become a member of the Arverne Church of God and make her home on the Rockaway peninsula.
She has become renowned as an activist through her church and community involvement. Ferguson is an avid supporter of her community. She looks beyond personalities and preferences to see the bigger picture. She takes pride in being the champion for the underdog. Her passion for making a difference has led her to a myriad of undertakings. For the Arverne Church of God and Church of God Christian Academy, she volunteers as the Grants and Technology Coordinator. She serves as a choir member, usher, and reader for the ministerial body.
Recently, the honoree served as the Site Coordinator for the Far Rockaway Weed and Seed. This is a Department of Justice initiative that brings together law enforcement, elected officials, and community residents to combat crime and enhance neighborhoods. Through this effort, Ferguson worked with Smith’s office on Operation SNUG at the Redfern Houses. She designed Project Neighbor H.E.L.P (Hoods Embracing Life and Peace), which was implemented throughout the housing developments in the Weed and Seed target area, where local service providers went to the people and a message of nonviolence was communicated.
Ferguson has partnered with RDRC (Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp.) to work with the Summer Youth Employment Program. In 2008, she took 11 youths under her tutelage to create a youth directory for the Rockaway peninsula.
Currently, she serves as vice president of the 101st Precinct Community Council, where she is working to improve police-community relations. In this effort, she collaborated with NYPD, Councilman James Sanders Jr., NYC Parks, Weed and Seed, Smith’s office as well as many local organizations to produce Celebrate Rockaway 2009. She is part of the founding body of the grassroots organization ENACT (Edgemere Neighborhood Action Community Team).
Ferguson has been certified by the American Red Cross of Greater New York to present Ready New York. This enables her to do emergency preparedness presentations with local community groups as a Ready Rockaway volunteer. Ready Rockaway is a peninsula-wide prototype of the effort by grassroots, committed residents to educate and prepare for emergencies.
Prior to becoming a housewife, Ferguson was Director of Church of God Nursery for three years, where she was responsible for 100 children aged 2-5 years. That calling was preceded by a Senior Systems Analyst position with NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.
A graduate of SUNY Old Westbury, she earned a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems, then attained an Associates of Science in Information Processing from Nassau Community College, in the Honors Program.
Denean Ferguson has been married to Charles Ferguson for 13 years. They have two children, Vanessa and Carolynn.