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Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. “People Helping People”



Denny is on vacation so instead of his “From My View” article we have included the story on his Head Start Pioneers Award.

DeMers Honored with National Head Start Association Award

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dennis P. DeMers was bestowed with the Head Start Pioneers Award at the 2013 Living Our Legacy Luncheon. The luncheon was part of the 40th Annual Head Start Conference held on Wednesday, May 1 in Washington, D.C. and hosted by the National Head Start Association (NHSA). Denny Demers is the Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in Crookston, Minn. In 1972, he was hired as the Head Start Director for Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. During his tenure as Head Start Director, DeMers expanded the program to include Migrant and Seasonal farm workers on a statewide basis in both Minnesota and North Dakota. Under his leadership in 1973, Tri-Valley became the sole provider of Migrant Child Care and Head Start in Minnesota. DeMers also led the effort to have Tri-Valley become the first operating Special Summer Food Service Program in the United States. (From the Living our Legacy Luncheon program) DeMers is well known at the state and national levels for his outstanding contributions to various committees and associations. He is a former Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the NHSA and a former chair of the Policies and Regulations Committee. He has served as Past President to the Region V Head Start Association, Past President to the Minnesota Head Start Association, Past President to the Minnesota Head Start Director’s Association, and Past President of the Minnesota Migrant Child Development Programs Steering Committee. He is a member of the Minnesota and National Association for the Education of Young Children, has served on the Minnesota Council on Children, Youth and Families and the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Children. In 2011, Denny received the Administrator of the Year Award from the Minnesota Head Start Association. The NHSA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* From My View- Report from CEO Dennis P. DeMers * RTC “Years of Service” * Sonora Completes CCEI’s Online Program * Years of Service Recognition * WAC Family Olympics * Upcoming Events

Brenda Sonora Completes CCEI’s Online Child Development Associate Certificate Program (Taken from the Child Care Education Institute Newsletter: newsletters/May_13_ext.html#LETTER.BLOCK18) Congratulations to Brenda Sonora for successfully completing CCEI’s Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study Brenda started her career in early childhood as a substitute teacher for Head Start, and currently works with infants and toddlers in a Migrant Head Start. She enjoys art activities with the children and the ways in which they express themselves. Brenda is motivated to work with children by the smiles on their faces and the knowledge that they can trust and depend on her. In her spare time, Brenda likes to spend time with her family, watch movies, spend time outdoors, and scrapbook. Brenda has received her CDA Credential in the infant/toddler setting from the Council of Professional Recognition, and plans on pursuing her education by becoming certified in the preschool setting as well. In the future, she would enjoy being able to alternate between caring for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. During the winter, Brenda lives in Uvalde, TX, and hopes to reside there full-time once her daughters begin high school. Brenda recommends CCEI to anyone and states, “I enjoyed taking this program. I was able to ask for help if I needed it and always got a good response. I would like to thank CCEI for the opportunity for taking this coursework. I enjoyed every moment and the staff is so friendly.” Congratulations, Brenda! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!

The West Adventure Center (WAC) in Hendrum, MN held its first Family Olympic Fun Night on Thursday, April 25 at the Norman County West Elementary School gym. Approximately 50 children and parents attended the occasion and enjoyed a variety of events to show off their skills and have some fun with their families.

Rural Transportation Collaborative Delivers “Years” of Service in 2012 The Rural Transportation Collaborative (RTC), a division of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., has helped countless people and has compiled amazing statistics since the inception of the RTC program in 2002. In 2012 alone drivers volunteered 22,148 hours and drove 659,023 miles. To put this into perspective, the moon is 238,900 miles away from earth. This means that RTC drivers could have gone to the moon over 2.75 times in 2012. The 22,148 hours of volunteer time equates to 2.53 years of work TVOC Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council in just a 12 month period. In the 10 years of the RTC ProRepresentative Receives Three Year Recognition Award gram, drivers have driven 5,230,761 miles and volunteered 174,221 hours, equivalent to 19.88 years of work. Robert Weber has served as a Community Representative for the Region V Head Start/Early Head Start PolRTC is a partnership program that coordinates volunteer icy Council. Robert is a Driver/Applicator at CHS Ag drivers to transport those who have no other means of trans- Services in Grand Forks, ND. He has been a lifelong portation or cannot drive. RTC is a curb to curb, mileage resident of Crookston and has been active in the Tribased public transportation volunteer driver program. Peo- Valley Region V Head Start/Early Head Start Policy ple are transported for various approved purposes. Volunteer Council where he was a Community Representative for drivers are available seven days a week with extended hours the past three years which he held the Ad Hoc to the with the core service area is Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Board position. Norman Marshall and Kittson counties. However, the program has working agreements with multiple other counties Robert is married to Jenipher Weber and has five chiland has provided transportation to customers that have ap- dren: Audriauna, Ella, Tessa, Makoti, and Hillary. Four pointments as far as Minneapolis, Rochester as well as many of their children attended the Tri-Valley Region V Head Start/Early Head Start program at the Crookston Head North Dakota destinations. Start. Robert has been a great asset to the Tri-Valley For more information on becoming a rider with RTC please Opportunity Council, Inc. Region V Head Start/Early call 1-866-884-2695. To become a volunteer driver visit the Head Start Policy Council and want to thank him for all RTC webpage at to fill out an application or that he has done for Head Start. call 1-866-884-2695. The RTC drivers donate their time and are reimbursed the IRS rate per mile they drive to cover the expenses they occur while on the road.

Upcoming June Calendar Items:

* You can keep up with Tri-Valley news on the TVOC website at www.tvoc. org, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TriValley_TVOC.

* June 4- Breckenridge Migrant Head Start Registration @ 9 am - 4:30 pm * June 5- Breckenridge Migrant Head Start Registration @ 9 am - 4:30 pm * June 7- West Central Family Service Center- Danube Migrant Head Start Registration @ 8:30 am - 4:40 pm *June 8- Region XII Head Start / Early Head Start Policy Council @ 9:30 am * June 11- Tri-Valley Board of Directors meeting @ 7 pm * June 12- West Central Family Service Center- Danube Migrant Head Start Registration @ 4 - 8 pm * June 17- Workshop for Parents on “Personal Finance”. Mahnomen County Courthouse @ 6:30 pm * June 20- 29th Annual Customer Appreciation Day. Crookston Sports Center @ 5 pm.

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This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities. Contact us at 1-800584-7020 or by calling the Telecommunication Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer/provider. EOE/M/F/D/V

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Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (TVOC) is a community action agency headquartered in Crookston, MN. It is our Mission to provide opportunities to individuals and communities in order to improve the quality of our lives. In existence since 1965, TVOC provides services in 84 counties in Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota. For more information on services offered by TVOC please call 218-281-5832 or 800-584-7020.

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