November 21, 2013

First Jeff Small Pioneer Award Winner – Amie Baker

Posted in Awards, Board of Trustees Spotlight, Employees, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services tagged , , , , , , at 9:25 am by Lund

Amie Baker, a case manager who works with Lund and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to help families get access to substance abuse treatment services, has shown tenacity and courage in her work with Vermont children and families and is a wonderful and worthy recipient of the first Jeff Small Pioneer Award.  This award was established earlier this year  as a tribute to long serving board member and former board president Jeff Small’s commitment to getting things done during his board tenure. 

Kim, Amie, Jeff and Barbara Rachelson, Executive Director of Lund

Kim, Amie, Jeff and Barbara Rachelson, Executive Director of Lund

“I feel honored to receive this award,” said Amie.  “My position has been part of a collaboration between two agencies that have both worked very hard to secure the service that I provide.  I am thankful to have the support of Lund and DCF and I feel grateful to have my work recognized with this award.”  Amie has worked at Lund in this position since 2008 but also previously interned at Lund and worked in the early childhood program.

The collaboration between the two agencies, DCF and Lund, is something that Kim Coe, Director of Residential and Community Treatment Services, also spoke about as she presented Amie with the award referring to her skills at building partnerships and getting everyone to commit to the same priorities and goals.   “I can tell you without a second of hesitation that families and children are better off because of Amie’s work.  Social work practice is better.  We are better,” said Kim. “Amie has not only been a leader, a change agent and a risk taker, she has done so with bravery, motivation, determination, kindness and compassion and creativity.

“I enjoy the change that I see in families as they access the necessary supports,” said Amie.  “I enjoy doing work that makes a notable difference in the community.”

Congratulations to Amie on being the first ever recipient of the Jeff Small Pioneer Award.  All the children and families that are served by Lund and DCF are lucky to have such a fantastic support on their side.

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