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2016 Staff Award Winners Announced

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Orchard Place is proud to recognize the following staff members as 2016 Staff Award Winners.  Coworkers nominated the winners for three awards.

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Voice of Children Award

This award focuses on a program staff member who excels in his/her position; someone who goes beyond the responsibilities of their position for the benefit of the children/youth they serve; someone who demonstrates their commitment to children by their interactions with others internally as well as externally to their department; and someone who consistently performs their work while adhering to the Seven Sanctuary Commitments of nonviolence, emotional intelligence, social learning, democracy, open communications, social responsibility, and growth & change.

This year’s Voice for Children Award winner is Amanda Proctor.  Amanda has been providing high quality services over the past 14 years in her position as an Early Services Program Caseworker. As her nominator states, “Amanda consistently shows the youth she works with a high level of respect and leads them by example on how to treat others. On multiple cases Amanda goes above and beyond to ensure that her clients feel they can depend on her. Amanda’s commitment to the youth she serves is apparent in her day to day work, and Amanda has shown a strong commitment to the Sanctuary implementation at Orchard Place.” Congratulations Amanda!

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John J. Hansell Memorial Award for Excellence in Service to Children

On behalf of our long-time supporters Ed and Phyllis Hansell and the many persons who contributed to Orchard Place in memory of their son John Hansell, this annual award has been established to recognized a milieu treatment counselor for quality work and advocacy of children.

This year’s Hansell Award winner is Heather Osborn. Heather is an MTC at Jacobson House at Orchard Place Campus.  As Heather’s nominator states, “Heather has a unique quality few can match with her ability to combine humor and sensitivity to develop trust with the most guarded of clients. Heather is, and always has been, the staff that doesn’t draw attention to her skills and doesn’t look for acknowledgement. She comes in and works because she genuinely cares about the people she works with, both staff and residents.” Another nominator states, “We all feed off of Heather’s energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to our mission. Her creativity and sensitivity make her an exemplary Milieu Treatment Counselor. Heather is an inspiration.” Congratulations Heather!

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Distinguished Staff Award

This award focuses on a staff member who excels in all aspects of his/her position - someone who possesses exceptional integrity and an excellent work ethic; a demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision and values of Orchard Place; and consistent adherence to the Seven Sanctuary Commitments of nonviolence, emotional intelligence, social learning, democracy, open communication, social responsibility, and growth & change.

This year’s Distinguished Staff Award winner is Amy Payne-Johnson. For the past 25 years, Amy Payne-Johnson has been the campus recreational therapist/director. Amy is a strong department of one. She provides recreational therapy group to all 88 campus residents every week.

As her nominator states, “Amy does an amazing job coordinating with campus staff or volunteers for auxiliary groups such as Vigilant Choices group and Girl Scouts. In the summer, she assists the units with planning outside activities such as trips to the zoo, Adventureland, the pool, museums, etc.   Amy’s dedication, loyalty and commitment to the program are steadfast. She embodies our mission of " Developing Strong Futures.” Congratulations Amy!