GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities held its inaugural Staff Appreciation Luncheon at the Colony Club in Gallipolis last week.
Staff were recognized for their years of service to Gallia County, attendance and excellence at work.
Guiding Hand School Director, Suzanne Eachus and GCBDD Superintendent Pamela Combs greeted staff by rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the employees’ excellent service in the community. The event was made possible through sponsorship of local companies that covered the cost of the celebration. Two informational videos about GCBDD services provided in the community were viewed on the big movie screen and are now available for viewing on the board’s website at http://www.galliadd.com.
Gallia County Commissioner Brent Saunders presented each of the GCBDD Gallco Adult Day Service employees with a Service Recognition Award which was signed by the Gallia County Board of Commissioners. The Gallco employees are transitioning this summer to become employees of a private Medicaid Provider, PALS a Chrysalis Health Company. The planned transition from county employment to a private provider was in response to a state directive to counties throughout Ohio to make the change in local services to adults with developmental disabilities.
An award for 30 years of service with Gallia County was given to Mary Varney and Debbie Gilmore. Twelve month perfect attendance awards went to Debbie Gilmore and Rankin Halfhill. Team members of the year were voted on by their fellow team members. Team member of the year award recipients were Monica Gans, Ellen Rainey and Rankin Halfhill.
Also on hand were GCBDD Board Members Judy Clifford and Julie Dragoo who joined in to thank the staff for their dedication and service in the county.
The Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities serves over 300 people with developmental disabilities and their families each year in Gallia County and is funded in part with local levy support. The mission of the GCBDD is to ensure the availability of programs, services and supports that assist people with developmental disabilities in achieving a life of increasing capability.
“Our goal is that people with developmental disabilities can live, work and participate in Gallia County,” said Combs. “We appreciate the support and encouragement from the community that enables us to provide these life changing services to people with developmental disabilities.” For additional event photos and news related to GCBDD facebook: GalliaCoDD.