The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award was created by the Dean Family to recognize an exceptional employee in the Direct Support professional field at The Arc of Howard County. This award is presented annually and includes a $1,000 cash gift to the recipient.
2021 Celebration of Excellence and 60th Year Celebration
The Arc of Howard County’s 2021 Celebration of Excellence was held virtually on May 12, 2021. Congratulations to all of our award winners for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!
- Self-Advocate of the Year: Jeffrey Jones, Carlotta Martin, and Janice Martin
- Excellence in Employment: Robert Walker, Natalie Dohner, and Vytex Windows
- Excellence in Professional Services: ALFA Specialty Pharmacy
- Excellence in Community: FEED HOWARD COUNTY
- Excellence in Public Service: Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Eric Ebersole
- Volunteer of the Year: Matt Hart and Sarah Wheedleton
- The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award: Annie Caldwell
- President’s Award: Richard Dean
- Employee of the Year: All of Arc of Howard County DSPs
- COVID-19 Heroes of the Year: Deborah Wagner and Naomi Lyvers
The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award is an annual award created by the Dean family to each year honor a Direct Support Professional (DSP) or Direct Support Manager (DSM) who has gone above and beyond in their support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and who demonstrates a commitment to The Arc’s mission and vision of achieving full community life for people with disabilities! Well deserved Annie!!
NOTE: The Arc of Howard County Celebration of Excellence Awards has been postponed. Event will be rescheduled. Date to come.
The Arc of Howard County Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards
May 13, 2020
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Lane
Clarksville, MD 21029
Join us for this wonderful evening where we recognize outstanding community members for their work in advancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Did you know that there are Super Heroes in #HowardCounty? Super Heroes who work day in and day out…go the extra mile…go above and beyond. Who are these people? These Super Heroes are the Direct Support Professionals, Day Program staff, Employment Specialists, and administrative staff at The Arc of Howard County who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are supported by The Arc of Howard County.
Every day last week, we celebrated these hard-working, dedicated staff members at Staff Appreciation events during Direct Support Professionals Week. Super Hero staff were celebrated at events…a Kickoff Breakfast (Thanks to Dunkin’, Giant Food, Food Lion, Weis Markets, and The Barnes Group for the yummy breakfast treats!) …Twin Day…a Cookout Lunch (Thanks to Jason’s Deli for providing boxed lunches!) …a Super Hero Dinner and Event (Thanks to Olive Garden for providing a pasta dinner with salad and breadsticks and to Royal Farms for supplying water bottles!) …Sports Jersey Day. Oh, what a week it was!
A huge thanks to the families of individuals supported by The Arc of Howard County who donated to make this event possible. Thanks to Maryland Department of Disabilities Deputy Secretary Christian Miele for presenting the Governor’s Citation honoring Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week to The Arc of Howard County. Executive Director Cindy Parr awarded the Amanda and Jill Dean Direct Support Award to DSP Joe Collins. #DSPRW19 #DirectSupportProfessionals #StaffAppreciation #SupporttheDream #TheArc #TheArcofHowardCounty #howardcounty #maryland
2019 Celebration of Excellence Awards!
The Arc of Howard County’s Celebration of Excellence was held at Ten Oaks Ballroom on April 30, 2019. We would like to thank our
Celebration of Excellence is an evening where we honor those who have made a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thank you to everyone who came out to share the evening with us!