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Monarch President/CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune receives national diversity and cultural competency award from the Arc US

Dr Peggy TerhuneMonarch President and CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune is the first-ever recipient of the Distinguished Professional Award in Diversity and Cultural Competency by The National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc. This new award recognizes leaders from The Arc’s national network of nearly 700 chapters that provide innovative programs that meet the needs of the diverse Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) community.

Terhune was honored because of her consistent response to addressing the concerns of the diverse group of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within Monarch and the communities it serves. This award’s recipients are recognized for their leadership in addressing the concerns of a specific diverse population within their community, and for successfully creating an environment that supports staff in the creation of innovative solutions as it relates to delivering needed services and supports.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award, because I have always had an especially strong passion for social justice and believe that all people are to be respected and valued,” Terhune said. “Respecting everyone, regardless of individual differences, is at the core of Monarch’s work and allows us to create opportunities for all people to be successful and to help them achieve their goals, which is at the core of our mission.”

Terhune has worked with and advocated for people with disabilities for more than 40 years. Terhune is aware firsthand of the challenges that families face, and the types of services and care needed to help individuals live their most productive lives.

In addition to her career, Terhune is mother to seven adult children and wife to Bob. The two fostered children for approximately 10 years, including serving as therapeutic foster parents. A servant leader, she continues to provide community service in a number of ways. For fun, Terhune serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Master of Business Administration program at Strayer University – and in her spare time, she enjoys family, needlepoint, knitting, reading and traveling.

The NCE is a peer membership organization of Executive Directors and Management staff that creates opportunities for exchanging ideas, providing training essential in professional development, and offering support and mentoring for successful leadership. Members work collaboratively to better serve their organizations and their constituents.

Terhune accepted the award on Oct. 27, 2016 during The Arc's NCE Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in conjunction with The Arc's 2016 National Convention.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. 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.

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