In 1999 the Board passed a resolution which in part states that the recipient of this award should be:
“. . . a staff member who exhibits Donna’s ethics and values in the workplace.”
For those of you who did not know Donna, she was a First Step employee for many years, her last position being Director of Employment Services. Donna was preparing for her promotion to Associate Director at the time of her tragic, untimely death in September 1998.
Donna always exhibited a very strong work ethic, strong leadership, and was an advocate for all our persons served. Donna’s special interest was in young people who would be transitioning from their high school years into adulthood where many would be unprepared to face the stigma associated with mental illness which so many of our persons served have to deal with on a daily basis.
Donna’s vision was to work with young people of high school age and better prepare them for the world of work once they left school. Donna was admired and respected very much by staff, persons served and other providers.
Last night, those nominated attended a dinner and presentation with the leadership team and the Board of Directors. Nominees where all recognized for being nominated by their peers.
We are pleased to announce that Phillip Steffens, Program Coordinator at the Oasis Program was selected as the recipient. Congratulations Phil!