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2014 ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS HONORED
LEFT: Dennis (middle) and his wife, Susan (left) celebrate his 2014 Personal Achievement Award with Raquel Szymanski (right) of ODC. | RIGHT: Awards for Employer of the Year, Partnership and Volunteer Service were also given at the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner.
For Pam Ross, ODC President, the organization’s annual awards dinner is an inspiring celebration of hard work and success. “We have so many things to celebrate,” said Ross, “and so many people to thank for their contribution to our successes. Most importantly, we have such inspiring personal achievements to recognize.” This year, the ODC awards dinner brought together over 120 individuals with disabilities, ODC staff and volunteers, community partners, donors and other supporters to honor six individuals and organizations. Two individuals with
disabilities, one from Wisconsin Rapids and one from Marshfield, were recognized with the Personal Achievement Award, which is presented to individuals who have overcome a significant barrier to employment. Selection is based upon number of years of employment, growth within that work experience, a positive work ethic, and evidence of good citizenship in the workplace and community. Awards were also presented for partnership and volunteerism, and both a Marshfield and a Wisconsin Rapids employer of the year were honored.
Empowering People With Disabilites To Achieve
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT Raquel Szymanski, ODC Transition Coordinator, sums up why Winch was chosen for the Personal Achievement Award with these words: “Dennis is the true definition of a good, honest, hardworking person.” Winch began his work at the ODC center in Wisconsin Rapids in 2002. He continues to work at the center while holding seasonal grounds-keeping positions at Fey Printing, Air SEE AWARDS / PAGE 4
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