Sertoma Centre Announces ACE Award Winners at Annual Staff In-Service

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(Left to right) Alfred Ellis, Ralph Rogers, Kim Haas, Donna Lasky, Delana Henry, Lynn Kolbe, Trish Losso. (front) Jane Heinrich, Gail Schenk (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Alsip, IL–(ENEWSPF)– As a non-profit community service agency based in Alsip, Sertoma Centre serves over 600 individuals with developmental, physical, emotional disabilities and/or mental illness.

With two day program facilities in Alsip, nine Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) throughout the south and southwest suburbs, as well as our Good as New Thrift Store and brand-new mental health facility in Matteson, we are committed to providing opportunities that empower individuals to achieve personal success.

With that in mind, Sertoma Centre is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Achieve and Create Excellence (ACE) awards for Sertoma Centre staff members. These awards were presented during our annual staff in-service held on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago/Alsip. Over the last several months, employees were nominated by their peers, and the winner in each category was presented with either a beautiful certificate or a glass trophy.

And the Sertoma Centre ACE Awards Winners for 2009 are:

Employee of the Year: Trish Losso, Staff Training Coordinator/Safety Director

Above & Beyond – Day Programs: Lynn Kolbe, Vocational Coordinator

Above & Beyond – Residential: Alfred Ellis, Service Facilitator, Cambridge CILA

Above & Beyond – Support Services: Donna Lasky, Administrative Secretary

Above & Beyond – Janitorial Services: Ralph Rogers, Janitorial Services Crew Member

Leadership: Kim Haas, Director of CILA/Residential Services

Customer Service: Jane Heinrich, Reception

Team Spirit: Gail Schenk, School Transition Program Manager

Consumer Advocacy & Empowerment: Delana Henry, Intermittent CILA Service Facilitator

As part of the full day training and recognition program, Sertoma Staff were also treated to the inspiration and motivation of internationally renowned speaker, Mikki Williams, through her trademark presentation, “A Balancing Act: Walking the Tightrope of Life” (

Linda Renardo, Director of Human Resources at Sertoma Centre attributes the success of this year’s in-service to both Williams and the enthusiastic participation of staff.

“We were so pleased to be able to combine the recognition of staff for years of dedication and excellence of service with a presentation which focused on enriching their lives,” she said. “It is especially gratifying that so many of our employees felt Mikki’s presentation was not only entertaining but provided meaningful insight they could use.”

For more general information on Sertoma Centre, to schedule a tour, or to make a donation, please contact Melanie Jones, director of advancement and communications, Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street , Alsip , IL 60803 , (708) 730-6206, [email protected].

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