DCDSNB announces employee awards

Pictured left to right: Receiving their 15  Year Service Awards: Shirley Blakeney, Winnie Arnold, and Marie Goodson

Pictured left to right: Receiving their 15 Year Service Awards: Shirley Blakeney, Winnie Arnold, and Marie Goodson

The Darlington County Disabilities & Special Needs Board (DCDSNB) held its annual Employee Awards and Recognition Ceremony earlier this spring to award employees’ achievement under two categories: Service Awards and Recognition of Excellence. Service Awards are presented to employees who have demonstrated agency loyalty for five or more years of service.

Pictured left to right: Receiving their 5 year service awards: Blossie Witherspoon, Melissa Gillis, Angela Samuel, Joyce Jackson and Samesha Pearson

Pictured left to right: Receiving their 5 year service awards: Blossie Witherspoon, Melissa Gillis, Angela Samuel, Joyce Jackson and Samesha Pearson

Recognition of Excellence awards are bestowed upon employees who are nominated for the award. These awards consist of the Employee of the Year Award, the Vonoka Kind Award, Sue Woodham Award and the Lou Scott Award. The DCDSNB Staff Support Team sponsors the Employee of the Year, the Vonoka Kind Award, and the Sue Woodham Award. The DCDSNB Staff Support Team (SST) is a volunteer organization of DCDSNB staff whose purpose is to provide a direct link between the employees and administration of DCDSNB and to provide morale-boosting activities for employees.

Mrs. Ruth Blocker, Executive Director and Candy Wyrick presented the Employee of the year to Bonnie Ellison, Case Manager

Mrs. Ruth Blocker, Executive Director and Candy Wyrick presented the Employee of the year to Bonnie Ellison, Case Manager

The Employee of the Year honoree is chosen from Employee of the Month award recipients from the previous 12 months. The Employee of the Year Award was presented to Bonnie Ellison. She was nominated for the November Employee of the Month by her supervisor Teshawn Moses. Bonnie is a Case Manager that takes pride in her job. Bonnie has been with DCDSNB for 7 years and has 25 years’ experience in the Disabilities and Special Needs field. She earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2014. Other 2014 Employees of the Month are Peggy Bristow, Candy Wyrick, Stacie B. Rivers, Wendy Coward, Verniell Hannibal, Jasmine Miller, Vanessa Cabbagestalk, Gwen Sansbury, and Joni Pendergrass.

Mr. John Kind presented the Vonoka Kind Award to Winnie Arnold.

Mr. John Kind presented the Vonoka Kind Award to Winnie Arnold.

The Vonoka Kind Award is given in memory of the late Vonoka Kind. The award’s purpose is to recognize an employee who demonstrates excellence in Commitment, Dedication, and Dependability, Teamwork and Leadership, and Service Above and Beyond to DCDSNB and consumers. The award was presented to Winnie Arnold. Winnie is the House Manager for Bowen House, a DCDSNB residential home. Winnie excels in all areas listed above. She is always willing to help and has a smile on her face. She takes pride in taking care of the consumer’s needs. She was nominated for the award by the Director of Nursing/QID, Dawanda Brown. Mr. John Kind, Vonoka’s husband, assisted with the presentation of the award.

Mr. Lee Woodham presented the Sue Woodham award to Candy Wyrick

Mr. Lee Woodham presented the Sue Woodham award to Candy Wyrick

The Sue Woodham Award is given in memory of the late Sue Woodham. This award’s purpose is to recognize an employee that contributes to the overall mission of DCDSNB and produces work of high quality and provides outstanding service to DCDSNB and the community. The award was presented to Candy Wyrick. Candy is the Residential Director Assistant/Training Coordinator. Candy goes above and beyond the call of duty with a positive attitude. Candy is committed and is very dependable. Mr. Lee Woodham, Sue’s husband, assisted with the presentation of the award.

Mrs. Ruth Blocker, Executive Director presented the Lou Scott award to Joni Pendergrass, Early Interventionist Supervisor.

Mrs. Ruth Blocker, Executive Director presented the Lou Scott award to Joni Pendergrass, Early Interventionist Supervisor.

The prestigious Lou Scott Award is named for DCDSNB’s beloved founder, Mrs. Lou Scott. The Lou Scott Award is given each year to an employee who has a profound impact on the lives of the people we serve in some significant way. The honoree is chosen by DCDSNB’s Executive Director Ruth Blocker based on nominations submitted to her by Executive Staff. This year’s Lou Scott Award was presented to Joni Pendergrass. Joni is the Early Interventionist Supervisor for the agency. Joni willingly takes on all challenges. Serving our consumers is a #1 priority. She has made a profound impact on the people that we serve.

Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs Board is a non-profit agency that serves over 500 people with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and head & spinal cord injuries throughout Darlington County. In addition to Case Management, Early Intervention, Family Support services and Day Services for adults, DCDSNB currently provides residential services to 44 men and women in nine residential homes. They have two Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF), one home for 8 men and one for 8 women. They also have an Enhanced CTH I and seven Community Training Homes, (CTH IIs), four for men and three for women, that house four residents each. We are in the process of raising funds for a new CTH II home that would house 4 individuals. This home will be in memory of the late Fredrick Carl Bowen.

DCDSNB was initially named the Hartsville Area Developmental Center and had its beginning in 1967 when Mrs. Lou Scott was asked to become director of a kindergarten class for children with intellectual disabilities. The initial location was at West Hartsville Church with two children enrolled in the program and an annual budget of $ 2,700. An application for incorporation was made under the organization name of Hartsville Area Council for the Mentally Retarded, Inc., with six prominent business people in the Hartsville area on the Board of Directors. DCDSNB now has a staff of 115 employees, a Board of Directors with nine members and an annual budget of over $ 4 million. DCDSNB receives more than 99% of its funding from state and federal grants. The remaining portion is from organizations such as United Way of Hartsville & Darlington and private donations from other local businesses and individuals.

The DCDSNB main office, “The Scott Center” is located at 201 North Damascus Church Road in Hartsville. For more information or questions, please contact: 843-332-7252. Visit them at: dcdsnb.org

Author: Jana Pye

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