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Feb 2017

AWARE staff return from Corporate Congress

Amanda Johnson, Anaconda, presents her Corporate Congress bill to AWARE executives and board of directors.

Twenty-two employees have returned to work after participating as delegates in AWARE Inc.’s Corporate Congress. This event is a unique corporate gathering, which allows the elected employees to sponsor and vote on “bills” to improve the way AWARE serves its customers.

Gathering since 1994, AWARE held its 22nd Corporate Congress Jan. 25-27, 2017, at headquarters in Anaconda as well as Fairmont Hot Springs. Local employees participating in the event include the following:

2016 Corporate Congress Delegates

Community

Amanda Johnson, Anaconda

Amanda Johnson, Anaconda

Amanda Massey, Billings

Amanda Massey, Billings

Dakota Milligan, Bozeman

Dakota Milligan, Bozeman

Judy Schieve, Butte

Judy Schieve, Butte

Nichole Jackson, Miles City

Nichole Jackson, Miles City

Mistie Guilbe, Great Falls

Mistie Guilbe, Great Falls

Diane Zimmerman, Helena

Diane Zimmerman, Helena

Dawn Stahl, Kalispell

Dawn Stahl, Kalispell

Services

Robbie Fitzgerald, Butte

Robbie Fitzgerald, Butte

Ashton Smith, Anaconda

Ashton Smith, Anaconda

Brandon McCullough, Anaconda

Brandon McCullough, Anaconda

Casey Wagner, Bozeman

Casey Wagner, Bozeman

Gabriel Hunter, Butte

Gabriel Hunter, Butte

Heidi Kenney, Billings

Heidi Kenney, Billings

Jammie Walker, Anaconda

Jammie Walker, Anaconda

Jason Arneson, Anaconda

Jason Arneson, Anaconda

Jennifer Reed, Helena

Jennifer Reed, Helena

Macala Bickham, Billings

Macala Bickham, Billings

 

Madison Martin, Billings

Madison Martin, Billings

Melissa Hoffman, Billings

Melissa Hoffman, Billings

Roberto Serrano, Great Falls

Roberto Serrano, Great Falls

How they became delegates

The 22 delegates were nominated by peers in November 2016 and elected to the legislative body in December 2016. The delegates from AWARE offices across the state were all non-supervisory and non-management staff or people who receive services. Delegates were selected to represent every AWARE service and region across Montana.

Corporate Congress, which operates in much the same way as the state legislature, adopted 21 measures. For example, some of the bills include the creation of a crisis youth facility, front desk safety training and community gardens in residential settings. A leadership committee is in charge of moving all 21 project forward.

The creation of AWARE CEO Larry Noonan, Corporate Congress allows front-line staff in all services to represent fellow employees and people who receive services in a democratic fashion and participate directly in changing the way the organization does business and serves customers.

“When we gather staff and the people we serve together and let them tell us what works and what doesn’t work – and what we should do differently – it helps the company and benefits the people who use our services,” Noonan said.