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AN EVENING TO REMEMBER… ODC HONORS ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS If there was one theme that emerged during ODC’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, it would be this... if we are together, nothing is impossible. “Our annual awards dinner is a great celebration of the successes and gifts of those individuals with disabilities who are served by ODC,” said Theresa Richards, chairperson of ODC’s board of directors. “It is also an opportunity for ODC to honor our community partners, without whom these successes would not be possible.” This year, over 180 guests came together to honor five individuals and organizations at the annual dinner. Two individuals with disabilities, one from Marshfield
and one from Wisconsin Rapids, were recognized with the Personal Achievement Award, which is presented to those who have overcome a significant barrier to employment. Selection is based upon number of years of employment with ODC or a community employer, growth within that work experience, a positive work ethic, and evidence of good citizenship in the workplace and community. The John P. Melsen Volunteer Service Award was presented to Jere Johnson, who volunteers his time to serve those with disabilities in the ODC’s Day Services program. His volunteer efforts on behalf of ODC also include extensive work on events and other fundraising activities.
(See In Our Own Words on page 2) ODC’s Employer of the Year Award and Partnership Award were also presented.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT “What kind of person is Jeff Wichlacz?” said Lynn Haefer, ODC Employment Resources Manager, who nominated him for the Personal Achievement Award. “Spend five minutes with him and you’ll walk away remembering his warm smile, his friendly personality and his kindness. But there is more to Jeff than meets the eye.” SEE RECIPIENTS / PAGE 3
LEFT: Jeff Wichlacz has been working at Security Health Plan in their mailing department since January 2011. | RIGHT: To his supervisor at Security Health Plan, Jean Brandt (top), Jeff says, “Thank you for fighting for me to be here.”
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