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Monarch services manager, The Arc of Stanly receive statewide honors from The Arc of North Carolina

Diane Bowden Arc NC Award 2016The Arc of Stanly County and Diane Bowden, a longtime Monarch employee, were among 12 recipients who received esteemed statewide honors from The Arc of North Carolina during its 2016 Annual State Conference held in Charlotte Sept. 8-9.

During the awards ceremony, The Arc of Stanly was recognized as a Distinguished Affiliate. The designation honors the dedication, commitment and the professionalism of the chapters of The Arc of North Carolina. Honorees have fulfilled guidelines related to advocacy, community activities, community education, and support of self-advocacy initiatives, public awareness, diversity and chapter management.

Diane Bowden, an administrative services manager for Residential, Employment and Community in Stanly County, was named the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Professional of the Year. The award recognizes a person employed in community developmental disabilities services or supports who has demonstrated sensitivity and the ability to provide outstanding support that result in increased independence for people with developmental disabilities.

Bowden began her career at Monarch in 1993. During her years of service, her colleagues and those who are familiar with her work said she has demonstrated exemplary service qualities that are unmatched. She is known for her dedication and for treating the people supported with dignity and respect. Bowden takes time to listen and talk with people supported as well as the managers and coworkers to actively seek solutions and creative ways for staff to learn and grow. Bowden is also credited with possessing a positive, selfless attitude, enriching the lives of the people supported and working tirelessly to assist all who are under her supervision.

A resident of Montgomery County, Bowden has three adult children, four grandchildren and is a member of Snow Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Also during the conference, Monarch’s Beach Club of Dare, a day program located in Manteo, displayed their beautiful artwork, which was selected by Arc NC to be presented to conference speakers as gifts.

company has earned Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) – and is among a small and elite group worldwide to receive this designation. Monarch is certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) and operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826.

Pictured (l-r): Rusty Bradstock, board chair of Arc NC, Monarch I/DD Professional of the Year award recipient Diane Bowden, and John Nash, executive director of Arc NC.

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