Wendy’s receives Bert Nash award

May 13, 2008


Wendy's, 523 W. 23rd St., received the Employer of the Year Award from Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center during an annual awards ceremony Friday for the center's Supported Employment Program. Accepting the award was Sandy Summers, store manager.

Andy Conboy, who works at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., received the program's Employee of the Year Award.

Other honorees Friday included University Book Shop, 1116 W. 23rd St., which was a finalist for Employer of the Year; one of the store's employees, John Schmidt, received the program's Reliability Award.

Janet Kurtz, an employee at Baker University, received the Persistence Award. Also receiving the annual Friendly Award was Wendy's employee Willard Beers.

Hilary Brown, owner of Local Burger, was recognized for her ongoing support of the program, which locates work and provides employer support for Bert Nash consumers who are re-entering the workplace after recovering from a mental illness.


Ragingbear 9 years, 11 months ago

Ah. The ignorance of journalism. You don't recover from mental illness. It's not that type of disease.

raiderssb 9 years, 11 months ago

Yes, they are ignorant of really how significant it is for a person "living" with mental illness to function successfully in the work force. Until we respect mental illness as just another illness to be managed, not cured, there will never be adequate information provided to the public concerning just how amazing it is for some of these folks to function, and thrive, in spite of the medication regimen they endure. It is unfortunate that they didn't provide additional information , and pictures, in this story. Their successes are a tribute to the Bert Nash staff, to family, and friends, as well as these remarkable individuals. As the sibling of one of those mentioned in this brief story, I can assure you it has, and will continue to be a group effort. We are so proud of the milestones, and success our family member has achieved.

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