Wednesday November 27, 2013
Last week Lund announced that Graham Kidder, post permanency counselor for Project Family, working out of the Brattleboro and Springfield DCF offices, had been chosen as the Elizabeth Lund Employee of the Year. Over the last 12 years at Lund, Graham has found homes with forever families for over 300 children previously in foster care.
Case Manager Amie Baker, of South Burlington, won the Jeff Small Pioneer Award for her work with Lund and DCF to help families get access to substance abuse treatment services. New this year, this award honors past Board President Jeff Small whose courage and persistence helped Lund expand and thrive during his tenure. Baker has shown these same qualities in her work collaborating between the two agencies in order to provide the best and most effective service to families in need. Lund’s Director of Residential and Community Treatment Services, Kim Coe, said, “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 can tell you without a second of hesitation that families and children are better off because of her work.”
November is National Adoption Month, established to raise awareness of children in foster care waiting for forever families and so the timing of the awards are particularly fitting.
Lund and the children and families that we serve are lucky to have the hard work, dedication and passion of these two exemplary and dedicated employees.
Lund creates hope, opportunity and family for Vermonters through community and residential treatment for mental health and substance abuse, education, family support, life-skills and job training and early childhood education. Lund is also Vermont’s oldest adoption agency. Lund is a member agency of the United Way of Chittenden County.