2021 Employee Recognition Recipients

2021 certainly has brought new challenges for all of us to face, not only the continued stress by the Covid Pandemic, but also the employee staffing crisis.  We are grateful for the commitment that all of our employees have continued to show throughout the year.  We have shown that the agency is still SPURWINK STRONG!

 

Spurwink|RI would like to congratulate our 2021 Employee Recognition Recipients for their years of service.

35 YEARS

 

Carleen Bellaire

The Spurwink School

25 YEARS

 

Valarie Rankin

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20 YEARS

 

Alfred Burdick

Facilities and Maintenance

Gary Wynkoop

Cobble Hill Road

Gertrude Paygai

Seven Mile Road

Paul Richard-Peckham

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15 YEARS

 

Jason Rocheleau

Cobble Hill Road

Yamil Castro

Seven Mile Road

John McMahon

Sinclair Avenue

10 YEARS

 

Lorraine Fiocco

Clinical

Charles Early

Cobble Hill Road

5 YEARS

 

Paula Zaccaria

Administration

Yamiler Lopez

Sinclair Avenue

Camila Maldonado

South County Trail

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our recipients and thank you for your many years of service to the agency.

 

On behalf of spurwink|ri’s Board of Directors, our Senior Administrative Team, and the Human Resource Office, Thank YOU for your ongoing commitment to our Spurwink Community.

The Winston R. Smith Award

The Winston Smith award is presented to individuals who capture the meaning of “Company Spirit”. They demonstrate the ability to go above and beyond for the betterment of the company and its community. Consideration is given to involvement in company events, contributions to fellow employees, dedication to the people we support (given agency position) and an overall positive approach to all that Spurwink represents.

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The 2021 Winston R. Smith Award

The 2021 Winston R. Smith Award recipient is John McMahon. Congratulations to John for his outstanding service and dedication.

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John began his employment with spurwinkri as a Direct Support Professional. He was hardworking and dedicated. When the position of Program Manager became available, he applied to manage a house that had had some difficulties. There were challenges to face from the start and there would be more to come. Staff issues and turnover; hospitalization and participant changes; 5 Associate Manager replacements, to name a few. Continuously training new Associate Managers and staff was time consuming and demanding, but John managed to handle every issue that was presented to him, many times with very little staff and no Associate.

John is known to be a strict manager, but compassionate and fair. He treats the participants and staff of Sinclair with respect and dignity and he makes sure that those who work there do the same.

With all he has had to face since becoming Manager, John hasn't skipped a beat. He works well will the Administration team; always submitting reports, paper work and essential documentation to the office promptly.

John and I have worked on many personnel issues through the years. He has always made HR aware of issues in a timely manner and has been respectful, considerate, satisfied and appreciative with how each problem was handled.

I feel that John has gone above and beyond for the participants and his team at Sinclair and that he captures the meaning of company spirit with his concern and commitment to the agency, and that he has a positive approach to all that spurwinkri represents.

I am happy to recommend John McMahon as the 2021 Winston Smith award recipient.

The Community Provider Network-RI
Direct Support Professional Award

This award is given to a direct support employee from each agency that has been selected by that organization as exemplary in the practice of direct support and thought of as a model of excellence. Consideration is given to the person’s longevity, creativity, leadership and contribution to the quality of life for people supported.

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The 2021 Community Provider Network-RI
Direct Support Professional Award

The 2021 Community Provider Network - RI Direct Support Professional Award recipient is Felix Ireland. Congratulations to Felix for his outstanding service and dedication.

We are pleased to nominate Felix Ireland for 2021 Direct Support Professional of the year. As we have expressed many times before, there is no one else like Felix, honestly what can't we say of him. Felix is such an important part of our Seven Mile Road family and most importantly such a positive asset to our team. He is beyond what an overnight staff is, He is always available whenever needed, and flexible. Felix worked continuously through the pandemic seven days a week, which has been for over a year. He is always willing to come in earlier than 11 pm (arriving at 8pm) simply to relieve another staff person who is also working so many extra/ double shifts. He is always thinking of ways to make situations in the house run smoothly. When we think of Felix, all we can say is he is a very humble/honest/ grateful man. He does not expect anything in return and has great work ethics.

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The Big Heart Award

Given in recognition of her/his commitment and dedication to spurwink|ri.

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