#EdenInspires is an employee recognition program that is designed to acknowledge our colleagues who go above and beyond their everyday responsibilities and represent the ideals of Eden’s Core Values. We are thrilled to announce the winners of our FY20 third quarter #EdenInspires awards.
Jillian Dalrymple – The Eden School
Jillian consistently does what it takes by organizing student materials and frequently gives up her own breaks to assist with behavior challenges, and then provides a debrief with staff.
Shabazz Kelly, Adult Services – Day/Employment and Luke Young, Information Technology
Shabazz and Luke did what it takes to ensure a smooth transition for Dobias Center by working extra hours and taking on additional responsibilities due to staff shortages.
Aykan Kesim, Adult Services – Residential
When asked to be the on-call supervisor on short notice, Aykan agreed without hesitation, all the while doing what it takes to ensure a participant in the hospital received the necessary level of supervision due to the hospital being unable to provide staffing. He worked through the weekend, and continued to field calls due to staffing shortages and illnesses.
Fatmata Musa, Adult Services – Day/Employment
Fatmata did what it takes by offering to go grocery shopping while subbing in the Residential program on New Year’s Day at the last minute instead of having the supervisor come in.
Jon Tomczak, Adult Services – Residential
Jon did what it takes by helping the Day program on several occasions to administer a specific medication for a participant when the nurse was not available due to other medical issues.
Adam Marcus – The Eden School
Adam is being recognized for doing what it takes and working together; he was instrumental in developing Google forms/documents to assist with the transition of School staff to provide remote instruction, which included training all Lead and Head teachers, clinical staff and administration in using the forms, as well as spending time in each classroom to assist in creating the forms.
Information Technology Team (C. Harris, J. Stanmore, A. Weasner, L. Young, J. Zahorsky)
Once it was decided that the School was moving to remote instruction, the IT team did what it takes and worked together to get more than 300 Chromebooks for staff and families. This included packaging and shipping to families, as well as distributing to School staff. In addition, written procedures were created and rolled out to staff, along with training on how to use GoToMeeting. Furthermore, Chromebooks were also delivered to group homes. All in all, it had to happen fast and they came through.
Farrell House Staff (A. Kesim, J. Masi, N. Mondello)
While on vacation in Pennsylvania with Eden participants, there was a choking incident with a participant and all staff did what it takes and worked together to perform CPR until the participant was able to breathe on his own. 9-1-1 was called and the participant was taken to a local hospital and was fully recovered. We can’t thank you all enough for ensuring the safety and well-being of our participants!
Megan Criscio – The Eden School
Megan exemplifies working together by checking in with her co-workers on a daily basis, being an extra set of eyes when needed, and always available to help.
Bashiru Gboyno, Adult Services – Residential
While his supervisor was on vacation, Bash worked together with his manager and other staff by providing daily updates regarding participants’ health, program needs and family communications. He also acknowledged the importance of sanitizing and disinfecting the group home and quickly communicated the need to all staff and ensured it was completed.
Jeremy Martin and Nikole Mauger – The Eden School and Clinical Services
Jeremy and Nikole worked together and volunteered to assist at the Day program when an adult participant had a blood draw that required additional support staff due to multiple scheduling issues.
Tydazia Spruill, Adult Services – Residential
Tydazia frequently works together with her co-workers by making sure they are able to get to and from work every day. Even if she’s not scheduled to work, she takes it upon herself to find a ride for staff.
Stacey Maltz, Adult Services – Day/Employment
Stacey showed compassion when a participant couldn’t go home to celebrate Passover with his family, she took it upon herself to cook Passover lunch for his whole apartment.
Clifford Powell, Adult Services – Day/Employment
Clifford shows compassion on a daily basis with all participants that he works with by treating each with dignity, respect, and helping them overcome their limitations. He is a calming force and wears his job on his sleeve.
Dara Blatt and Kate Cheezum – The Eden School
Dara and Kate showed compassion and being true to our mission by attending a medical appointment with a family on an early Friday morning and staying until the child was sedated. They both returned to school to work the rest of their shift, which for Kate includes EDP until 5:30 p.m.
Saheed Oloko, Adult Services – Residential
Saheed portrayed being true by stepping up while his supervisor took some time off. He ensured staffing levels and the health needs were being met, and he worked collaboratively with staff to ensure meaningful community activities were in place for participants. In addition, he was instrumental in making sure staff understood the importance of disinfecting the home to promote and ensure good health, all the while assisting a new hire get acquainted into the program.
Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you for all that you do for our participants! Staff can nominate next quarter’s winners on the Eden Staff Matters portal.