In 1999, The Coalition established performance awards to recognize human service workers and supervisory personnel based on level of experience and responsibility. In 2013, five individuals were selected for recognition at the Coalition’s June 13th luncheon. Recognized for superior performance as an individual who has been in her direct service position as a multilingual outreach worker for less than two years was Sarita Ramos of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. Selected for honors as direct service workers with more than two years of service in their current positions were Kimberly Davison, Housing Locator for SERVE of Northern Virginia Family Service and Jayne Frelin, Youth Services and Volunteer Coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Center operated by Prince William County’s Department of Social Services. Labor of Love Awards are also presented in the Program Supervisor category. 2013 awardees are Dotty Larson, Director of ACTS Turning Points, Prince William’s only domestic violence intervention program, and Joy Ocetnik, Recreation and Training Coordinator for the Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGNT, Inc.
Sarita Ramos, Kimberly Davison and Jayne Frelin Receive Labor of Love Awards from
Coalition Board Members Paul Moessner and Betty Dean
The Coalition also seeks to recognize one person each year whose contributions in the field of human services programming and advocacy have been of special significance and extend over a long period of time. The award is named in memory of the Coalition’s founder, Ethel Georges. The 2013 Ethel Georges honoree is Lynn Grizzard who joined the Prince William staff of the Virginia Extension Office more than twenty years ago and helped to build its programs that specifically assisted families to be successful in dealing with many challenges of life. She also was one of the founders of The Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Program, an effort that uses equestrian assets and riding skills to build confidence and communications capabilities for young people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Lynn remains an active member of Rainbow’s Board of Directors to this day. She has also employed her skills as a pottery artist to assist SERVE in fundraising for feeding programs. Ms. Grizzard was one of the early members of the Coalition’s Board of Directors and was instrumental in developing and advocating for the services that make the Coalition a valued element of the community’s ongoing needs assessment process.
Joy Ocetnik and Dotty Larson Receive Labor of Love Awards from Coalition Board Members Paul Moessner and Betty Dean
Lynn Grizzard is presented with the Ethel Georges Community Service Award