Linda’s calm, positive attitude makes her fun to work with, but she is not a pushover. Linda has high but reasonably achievable expectations of the people we serve. When Linda is required to express suggestions or constructive criticism to a consumer, she does so with empathy, exercising her position of authority with sincere compassion.
So today, I’d like to share a couple of quotes from Linda’s co-workers that demonstrate why she was selected for this prestigious award:
"Linda constantly professes her certainty that people with developmental disabilities have gifts and purpose in their lives, and that they are people of worth and stature. The high level of respect that Linda displays for the people we serve helps them to view themselves in a positive light which is reflected in their increased self-esteem. Linda helps the people we serve and her coworkers to understand that they are capable of being successful citizens who are contributing members of our community. We are lucky to have her as a role model."
"Linda is the paragon of an Employment Specialist, always looking for ways to enrich the lives of her coworkers and the people we serve. She is the epitome of a cheerful giver. She will spend time after work communicating and establishing relationships with consumers, their families, and residential providers so she can be more effective at her job."Congratulations Linda, and thank you for your dedication.