Community Awards night was a great evening for VSI employees, community leaders, businesses and more.
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Area Residents, Leaders Honored at Community Awards Night

A wide range of area residents, business and community leaders were recognized May 28 at the Vocational Services, Inc. 15th annual Community Awards Night.

Held in the Courtyard by Marriott at Briarcliff, the event featured a silent auction and celebration of VSI’s efforts since 1966 to provide employment and other opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Today, VSI employs more than 250 Northland residents with disabilities in its workshops and community programs.

Leading off the recognitions, Suzie Maschler was honored as VSI’s Consumer of the Year. Maschler started work at VSI in 1989 and has proven to be extremely reliable, earning numerous awards and recognitions.

Parents of the Year went to Dan and Dee Sharp, who have been very involved at VSI as part of their son, Jon’s, employment. They have participated in the VSI Bowl-A-Thon and Awards Night activities, as well as supporting the new VSI Booster Club.

The evening also saw honors to VSI business providers and customers. Vendor of the Year went to Bukaty Companies for their extra effort with employee benefits. The Scholastic Company of Jefferson City was recognized as Customer of the Year.

Clay and Platte County companies that employee VSI workers through its Supported Employment Program were also recognized. In Clay County, Liberty Hy-Vee was cited for its supportive environment and helping workers achieve success. Lowe’s Store at Boardwalk earned the Platte County honors for efforts to improve employee skills and help people with disabilities keep jobs.

The Clay County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board was presented the Benefactor’s Award for their many years of continued and dedicated support to VSI and the citizens of Clay County.

Missouri Senator Ryan Silvey (R-Gladstone) was recognized as Legislator of the Year. A supporter of Missouri’s sheltered workshop programs for many years, he has been a forward-thinking advocate who seeks ways to maximize funding and provide services to Missourians with disabilities.

Presiding Clay County Commissioner Jerry Nolte received the “Working for the Public Good” award, an honor based on VSI’s mission and awarded for Nolte’s service at the state and county levels.

David Bricker of Kansas City, North received the Volunteer of the Year award for his many contributions painting, cleaning and cooking at VSI buildings and special events. The Director’s Award went to Jerry Tindall, retired VSI assistant director and long-time workshop leader.

VSI’s Virgil “Skip” Bower Board Member of the Year went to board President Paula Torkelson.

Employee of the Year was awarded to David Phillips, VSI production sales representative. Also recognized were Employees of the Quarter Kathy Osborn, Talisha Oquendo and Faith Hilton.

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Vocational Services, Inc. is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Arizona-based organization is considered the nation's leading accreditation agency for rehabilitation services. VSI has earned CARF's highest rating, a three-year accreditation.

Vocational Services, Inc. 935 Kent St Liberty MO 64068 816.781.6292
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