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Community Connections Inc. Honors Staff

On June 18, 2015 Community Connections, Inc. honored its Employee of the year, Erin O’Connell-Ganley and 22 dedicated employees with years of service ranging from 5 to 25 at the Waterfront Grille in New Bedford.

Service Director Kerri Vetrano (left) and Mashpee Program Manager Sophia Westgate (right) celebrate the Employee of the Year, Erin O'Connell-Ganley.

Service Director Kerri Vetrano (left) and Mashpee Program Manager Sophia Westgate (right) celebrate the Employee of the Year, Erin O’Connell-Ganley.

Erin O’Connell-Ganley, Developmental Specialist has been part of the Mashpee Team for nearly two years. Over the course of that time she has made an impact programmatically and in the lives of our clients. She is benevolent, generous and patient. If you visit the Mashpee Program you will find Erin smiling and encouraging her clients. Her smile is infectious and creates a warm and positive working environment. She is a positive influence on new and veteran staff and has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues. Erin is extremely dependable and always willing to assist any way she can.

The Mashpee Program is very involved in the community. When a community trip requires extra hours, Erin is always one of the first to volunteer. Even within the program, Erin is creative and always finds a way to work with all clients. She is an eager contributor to creating client goals and objectives. Erin works diligently alongside our clients to assist in their progress of those goals and objectives.

Erin’s impact reaches far beyond the walls of the Mashpee Program. She has been an integral part of CCI’s involvement with Cape Cod CAN (Collaborative Art Network.) Erin has dedicated her nights and weekends, to ensure that our clients are able to participate to their full ability. Often she is behind the choreography of the performances. Erin always ensures that regardless of disability all clients are included. If it is a Flash Mob on a Saturday or a Theatrical Rehearsal Monday through Friday night, Erin is always there supporting our clients.

We congratulate Erin for receiving this honor and thank her for her dedicated service to the community and Community Connections as a whole.

At the Luncheon not only did we honor Erin, but 22 additional employees for their dedicated service.  These employees have served anywhere from 5 to 25 years.

For 25 Years of Service
Karen Miller, Case Manager, for The Day Center Elder Services (FRHE)
Debra Michalski, Administrative Assistant for The Day Center Elder Services (FRHE).

For 15 Years of Service
Christine Boggs, Program Manager, The Day Center, Yarmouth (YCCH)
Ramona Howard, Developmental Specialist; The Day Center, Yarmouth (YCCH)
Gladys Amaro-Messier, Case Manager, The Day Center, Wareham (GNBHS)
Kevin Jones, Director of Program Administration (ADMIN)
Donna Pelchat, Administrative Assistant, Fall River Employment Services (FRES)

For 10 Years of Service
Susan Landry-Kelly, Program Manager, Fall River Transportation Services (FRTS)
Brian Carroll, Driver, Fall River Transportation Services (FRTS)
Paul Babin, Driver, Fall River Transportation Services (FRTS)
Donna Kerwin, Administrative Assistant, The Day Center, Wareham (GNBHS)
Michelle Bastille, Developmental Specialist. The Day Center-Commonwealth Landing, Fall River (FRHS)
Alison Faria, Program Manager, The Day Center, Fairhaven (FHHS)
Helene Boutin, Developmental Specialist, Life Skills Services, Fall River (FRLS)
Martha Cusick, Employment Specialist, Cape Cod Employment Services (CCES)
Isabel Avelar, Aide, The Day Center- Elder Services (FRHE)

5 Years of Service
Kerri-Lynn Nichols, Driver, Fairhaven Transportation (GNBT)
Lauren Rodriguez, Bookkeeper A/P, (ADMIN)
Debra Oliveira, Case Manager, The Day Center, Wareham (GNBHS)
Dorothy Bent, Driver, Cape Cod Transportation Services (CCTS)
Robert Gonsalves, Driver, Fall River Transportation Services (FRTS)
Lisa Tavares, Driver, Fairhaven Transportation (GNBT)

We are so grateful for you dedicated service!

Thank you!

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