AWARE Inc. held it’s annual Unconditional Care Principle awards ceremony at AWARE headquarters in Anaconda Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.
The 11 award winners met in the second floor conference room/kitchen where they were greeted by CEO Larry Noonan, COO Jeff Folsom, Medical Director Dr. Tom Hoffman and Dr. Ira Lourie, AWARE medical consultant. Each award winner told their story and was invited to a luncheon afterward.
During the afternoon, the award winners joined the 2015 Constitutional Convention candidates for training on the Unconditional Care principles by Dr. Lourie in the basement conference room.
The award winners were introduced to the Constitutional Convention and given a gold plaque recognizing their achievements.
The Unconditional Care Principle award winners and their stories are as follows:
Marie Moore: Unconditional Care Employee of the Year
Marie Moore, service administrator in Great Falls, was named the Unconditional Care Employee of the Year. Exemplifying all 10 UCC principles, those who nominated Marie say she’s a true leader. She’s AWARE’s “poster professional.” She has boundless energy and is vivacious and fun, yet, she’s tough and holds people accountable. Building teams wherever she goes, she is the epitome of team for the people we serve, their families, staff, communities and leadership. Her belief in teams shows in all of her work.
Building on Our Strengths is the Key to Success
Judy Woodard, a habilitation tech at Heritage house in Billings was named the Building on Our Strengths is the Key to Success Employee of the Year. Those who nominated Judy say that she is consistent; a promise keeper; patient; and a natural, caring strength-based helper. She’s held tea parties at Heritage House and ensures everyone looks their best as they head out for the day by painting nails and fixing hair in the morning. She builds upon each person’s natural strengths and emphasizes them to prepare each person for success.
We take on and Stick with the Hardest Challenges
Bryan Greer, service administrator in Butte and Anaconda, was named the We Take on and Stick with the Hardest Challenges Employee of the Year. A true leader, Bryan is steadfast and a constant. His nominators say he’s integral in developing a strong team that is based on quality communication. He doesn’t waver and is always willing to take on extra responsibility. Also, those who nominated him appreciates that Bryan doesn’t sugar coat things and tells how it is. Bryan is quick, compassionate and a complete asset to AWARE Inc.
We are Agents of Change
Ben Carr, lead clinician in Butte and Anaconda, was named the We are Agents of Change Employee of the Year. Those who nominated Ben say he is dependable, reliable, self-motivated, dedicated, professional, forthright, educationally resourceful and compassionate. His work competence is of high quality. His goal is for all staff is to perform to the highest level they are capable of mastering.
Everything is Normal until Proven Otherwise
Jan Michael Peterson, master control operator at KANA 580 in Anaconda, was named the Everything is Normal until Proven Otherwise Employee of the Year. His strengths are his positive attitude, excitement to learn and attention to detail.
We Strive for the Highest Quality of Care
Jeniffer Elliott, program director of youth group homes in Great Falls, was named the We Strive For The Highest Quality of Care Employee of the Year. Those who nominated Jennifer say she challenges everyone to do their best at every level, encouraging them to give their all to clients and to strive for the highest quality care. Jennifer never gives up, thinks outside the box and stays late or arrives early to be part of a solution. She makes those around her feel that they can truly help make a difference in a person’s life.
Our Connection with Our Communities are Vital
Matt Windham, behavior support coordinator in Missoula, was named the Our Connection with Our Communities are Vital Employee of the Year. Matt maintained a calming presence when assisting a family with their child during a breakdown. During a one-on-one meeting, the child took a foot-long piece of glass and went after one of his parents. Matt placed a barrier between the parent and child and managed to get the weapon out of the child’s hands. Matt stayed with parents and kept the child calm as possible, helping to diffuse the situation. His calming presence held the family together.
Families are Our Most Important Resource
Brian Wallace, family support specialist in Great Falls, was named the Families are Our Most Important Resource Employee of the Year. A true leader at AWARE, Brian was nominated because of his confidence to ask for and create change. They say he’s an amazing ambassador of AWARE, a positive beacon at the Great Falls office and a true asset.
Lighten up and Laugh
Jessica Apland, administrative assistant in Butte, was named the Lighten up and Laugh Employee of the Year. Those who nominated Jessica say she is one of those rare people you encounter in life who fills the room with joy. She’s the glue that holds the office together and makes any team better with her personality, enthusiasm and sense of humor that are contagious. She helps her team provide excellent care to the patients and to be more effective in day-to-day roles. Her “just say yes” attitude is one to learn from and strive to achieve.
I’m Ok, You’re Ok
Alejandro Mendez, youth group home in Great Fall, was named the I’m Ok, You’re Ok Employee of the Year. Those who nominated Alejandro say he’s willing to take on any challenge, no matter how tough it is. He’s always willing to step in and lend a hand. He’s not one to get discouraged. He never gives up on anyone and works to the best of his ability to help. He accepts people for who they are. Alejandro brings a ray of light to each workday.
It Takes a Team
Joseph Berisford, a treatment service technician in an intensive community-based rehabilitation home in Butte, was named the It Takes a Team Employee of the Year. Those who nominated him say he steps up and often goes the extra mile. He has become a touchstone for staff and clients alike, providing leadership, companionship and stability in the home. He works hard and brings a sense of “rightness” to those who work with him.