The North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (NCARF) held its annual conference and awards luncheon in Cary on Thursday, September 12th.
Each year, nominations from all member programs across the state are submitted in several categories. These categories range from advocacy to innovative program to vocational achievement.
JCI submitted the following nominations resulting in these awards being presented to:
Patricia Little, Executive Vice President
Chris O’Brien Advocacy Award – This award is a community inclusion award and is given to someone who goes above and beyond to ensure that an individual or individuals with special needs are included in the community to the fullest extent to their ability. This award is named in memory, Christopher Thomas O’Brien, whom Tom O’Brien (his father) said continues to be a great inspiration in his life.
Scott Harper, General Manager – Selma Bojangles
Community Employer Award – This award honors an employer in the public or private sector for outstanding achievement in promoting employment opportunities for individuals who face barriers to employment through disability, substance abuse, or other circumstance.
Tina Sutton, Transition Specialist
Frontline in the Field Award – This award recognizes the employee who consistently goes above and beyond the requirements of his or her job to make a positive difference in the lives and the quality of life of the people we serve.
James Johnson, JCI Janitorial Services Technician
Vocational Achievement in a Facility Award – This award recognizes the employee who has demonstrated outstanding personal achievement in his or her employment in his or her facility-based enterprise.
Brandon Edgerton, JCI Peer Support Specialist (formerly JCI Manufacturing Associate)
Vocational Achievement in the Community Award – This award recognizes the employee who has demonstrated outstanding personal achievement in his or her employment in the community.
JCI is a member of NCARF a professional organization dedicated to assisting its member organizations in the provision of services to individuals with disabilities.
JCI is a community-based organization providing vocational training, employment programs, and manufacturing solutions for Johnston, Harnett, Lee, Sampson, Duplin and Wayne Counties. JCI is not just a service provider, but also functions as a competitive employer and procures contract work from local employers to provide job training and skill development. JCI generates revenue through programs, manufacturing, and entrepreneurial endeavors.