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Department of Social Services holds employee recognition day

June 01, 2010

The Washington County Department of Social Services held its 20th annual Employee Recognition Day, April 30, at its headquarters at 122 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

David A. Engle, WCDSS Director, thanked all staff for their accomplishments and the outstanding work and support that they have provided to the citizens of Washington County during the past year, marked by very difficult and demanding economic times.

The day's activities included an awards ceremony during which employees were recognized for their outstanding performance and contributions, and participation in the agency's Continuous Quality Improvement Program, which has been in place for 12 years.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Casey McNeal, from Rockhurst University (Kansas). He gave a morning and afternoon presentation titled "Lighten Up and Learn" to 230 employees.

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The following awards were presented:

Employee of the Year: Sherry Keeney

Outstanding Supervisor of the Year: Marie Savko

Outstanding Support Person of the Year: Martha Marshall

Most Uplifting Person of the Year: Marcella Shell

Agency Value Awards were presented to staff persons whose performance and service exemplified values that directly relate to the mission and vision of the organization.

They were awarded respectively:

Collaboration: Jill Meyers

Communication: Mike Piercy

Compassion: Trish Briscoe

Human Dignity: Paula Price

Integrity: Laurie Taylor

Quality: Amy Cooper

Respect: Sherry Norman

The Washington County DSS Director's Award for Excellence was presented to Chris Long, Family Investment supervisor, with 35 years of service.

Each year, Social Services recognizes community partners that have assisted the agency in providing quality services to the citizens of Washington County.

This year the award was given to Vicki Sadehvandi, executive director of CASA, and to Stephanie Stone, executive director of Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families.

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