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DSP Recognition Week appreciations continue
To celebrate Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, Mainstream and Oakwood Acres staff got together to socialize and were provided snack foods. Each member was presented with a Thank You card from supervisors and a certificate of appreciation. "This is a very dependable and qualified team," exclaimed Cathy Herrera, operations manager for both homes. "We all work well together and strive to be our best and give the people we support the best every day."

DSP Week- Region 5Those honored were (pictured left to right): Alisha Hinshaw, Caleb Symonds, Carol Jackson, Catherine Myers, Joyce Whelan, Tina Spencer, Lisa Teague, Larry Steele, Josh Kennedy and Aaron Beane. Recognized, but not pictured were: Cassie Jolly, Tera Whited, Deborah Medley, Matthew Laughlin and Charles Townsend.

Monarch people, staff "Got Talent"
Monarch’s Companions on the Journey, Guilford/High Point Special Olympics and the High Point Parks & Amy Urwick-Im your baby tonightRecreation hosted a “Special Olympics Got Talent” competition on Sept. 18. This variety and talent showcase featured several local acts, including more than a dozen people supported and staff from Monarch. Gene Roncali, a resident of Monarch’s Dogwood Circle home in High Point, won first place for his rendition of “Whatever it Takes.”

Other Monarch people and staff from the Guilford County area who participated were: Curtis Martin, of Southridge Road home; Ken Mileski and Chris Jackson, also residents of Dogwood Circle; Bill Thomas and Ken Melton, of Andrea Drive; and Amy Urwick and Kim Smith, both residents of Corvair Drive. People supported from Companions who participated were: Nikki Taylor, Tim Brigman, and Jonathan Snyder. Staff included  Barbara Pinson, qualified professional, Laura Sturgis, program manager, Sandy Mcmahan, developmental specialist, and Anne Nulsen, developmental specialist, performed songs from the movie “Grease.”

In addition to Gene’s first place win, Chris Jackson earned third place and Amy Urwick (pictured above) received an honorable mention.

The showcase was held to honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (EKS Day), which is observed on Saturday, Sept. 22. Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, was the founder Camp Shriver, which she started in 1962 on her Maryland farm. In 1968, the event evolved into the Special Olympics. Three years ago, a day was created to honor Shriver and to promote the vision of the Special Olympics’ founder. 

Click here to view more photos from 'Got Talent' on Monarch’s Facebook page.

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