Jennifer Malm, a vocational specialist with ProAct in Eagan, was chosen as one of two Irving Martin Professionals of the Year by The ARC of Minnesota.
Vocational specialist receives ARC award
|Jennifer Malm receives the Irving Martin Professional of the Year Award from Hunter Sargent, chair of the Arc Awards Committee.|
The honor is given to exceptional individuals employed in community services for people with developmental disabilities. Those who win this award have demonstrated sensitivity and the ability to provide an outstanding quality of service, which results in increased independence for people with developmental disabilities, explains an Arc of Minnesota news release. "The most important part of it is being able to see what great work you folks are doing," said Mike Gude, communications manager with Arc of Minnesota.
Restaurants, medical firm, hotel are ProAct
2010 Employers of the Year
The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Mendota Heights, Santa Barbara Medco and T&K Restaurant Franchise, both of Eagan, were named for ProAct "Employer of the Year" honors in 2010.
|From left, representatives from Santa Barbara Medco, Fairfield Inn & Suites and T&K Restaurant Franchise receive Employer of the Year awards at ProAct's Eagan banquet.|
"The stability and growth opportunities provided by employers are crucial to the people we serve," said ProAct President and CEO Steve Ditschler. "We're grateful to be of service to them, especially in these challenging times."
Some 70 ProAct participants have had the opportunity to do housekeeping at The Fairfield Inn during a relationship that has spanned more than 10 years. A representative from Santa Barbara Medco, a supplier of ear-related products, said ProAct turns jobs around quickly and can handle multiple tasks. The third winner, T&K Restaurants, employs multiple ProAct clients in independent positions at its McDonald's Restaurants.
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Red Wing remodeling: new classrooms, offices
ProAct in Red Wing has added three large classrooms and two offices to its facility, taking space from work floor operations.
|Plant Manager Craig Olson with two of three new classrooms under construction.|
Director of Programs Sally Ogren said clients now have an atmosphere that's more conducive to learning. Previously, many classes were offered in rooms with simple dividers, where noise from the work floor and nearby classes often interfered.
The facility has been short on office space for some time, and a new storage area was also added for better overall functionality.
The new setup is easier for clients, and is more organized, with better storage, the director explained.
Staples Financial wins ProAct Golf Classic
Best ball play can lead to some great scores in golf, and the ProAct Golf Classic at Hastings Country Club delivered with a 17 under par performance by Staples Financial Group.
|Staples Financial Group takes home the win at 17 under par.|
The foursome took top honors at the annual fundraising event, which featured 18 holes of play on a finely manicured course, auctions and a gourmet dinner. In all, the event generated more than $15,000 for ProAct transport operations and equipment.