November 11, 2013

Laura May Ackley – Employee of the Quarter!

Posted in 50 Joy Drive, Awards, Employees, New Horizons Educational Program, Program Spotlight tagged , , , at 12:40 pm by Lund

Laura May at New Horizons with her Employee of the Quarter Certificate

Laura May at New Horizons with her Employee of the Quarter Certificate

Congratulations are in order for Laura May Ackley who was named Employee of the Quarter last week.  Laura May is Lund’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Specialist and works with Lund’s community and residential clients to provide education on birth control options including helping them to schedule and get to medical appointments.  Laura May also coordinates the outreach program which brings young mothers to schools and community groups to talk to students about the reality of being pregnant and having a child while still a teenager.    Last year over 848 individuals were reached by this program.

Laura May is a key part of the New Horizons Education Program teaching team and is far more than just a resource on birth control for the students.  “She is available to support them regarding accessing health and other basic resources.  The students seek her out regularly to ask questions related to their pregnancy, sexual health and in accessing resources and supports in the area for their families,” says Tammy Santamore, Learning Together Coordinator at Lund.  “I believe that Laura May’s presence at NHEP has been a significant factor in engaging the students to remain at the school.”

Recently Laura May went above and beyond her job duties to help a client to set up a new life for herself and her children away from a situation of domestic violence.  She helped the client to negotiate the legal, financial and practical steps that she needed to take in order to ensure her own safety and a brighter future for her family.  Laura May’s impact on the life of this young woman and her children has been extremely significant and she did not for one moment hesitate in doing all that needed to be done.

Laura  May is always one of the first staff members to volunteer her help at events which benefit Lund, from scooping ice cream at the Ride for Children to speaking about Lund’s programs and services at community groups to helping out at the Adoption Picnic.  “Laura May is respected by her peers, community partners and clients.  She upbeat, sensitive to the needs of clients and goes above and beyond everyday to help support the mission of Lund,” says Tammy.  Congratulations, Laura May on this award.  It is very well deserved.


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