Bruce Cameron thrives on involvement
Bruce Cameron, MAT ’88, believes that internal rewards always exceed the effort in any endeavor. As a special education teacher in the Adolescent Day Treatment program at the Greater Binghamton Health Center, he works with teenagers who have difficulty in traditional schools because of psychiatric or emotional problems.
“They have taught me a lot,” Cameron says. “These kids really need someone to find their strengths and help build them up. I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years now, and I love what I do.”
His feelings about getting involved — and what you get in return — are evident in his volunteer pursuits as well. Cameron is a longtime alumni volunteer for the University. Through the years, he has helped more than 200 students with their career development by letting them work as interns in his classroom. And he stays in touch with many of them.
“They keep me young — they’re a breath of fresh air,” he says. “It’s wonderful to see how the interns are able to connect with our students. They do such a good job, and I’m always happy to write letters of recommendation for them.”
Cameron also is involved through the Graduate School of Education Dean’s Advisory Council. He served two terms on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a member of the board’s nominating committee. He has been a volunteer with the University since his time as a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development.
“When I first came to the University, Endicott Johnson was still around and IBM was a significant presence,” Cameron says. “Of course, that all changed. Binghamton University is sustaining the area. If it weren’t here, I can’t imagine what things would be like. I appreciate what it has done for me and for the community, so I want to do whatever I can.”
He also is active on five other boards in Broome County.
“One of the best parts of getting involved is the networking,” Cameron says. “You get to build so many relationships. You never know what doors are going to open for you down the road.”
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