2018 Inspiration Award Winners

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2018 Inspiration Award Winners

The Inspiration Awards recognize selected employees who are Inspired to Serve every day, all year long. Any employee can nominate a co-worker for this award, which is presented during a ceremony at the Annual Covenant Living Communities and Services  Summit.

Award Categories

  • COMMON PURPOSE AWARD

    This award is given to an individual who embodies our common purpose of “creating joy and peace of mind for residents and their families by providing a better way of life.” This individual inspires by being an example for others in all four Service Standards.

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  • SAFETY AWARD

    This award is given to an individual who is inspired to serve and inspires others by providing an environment that uses training, reporting, and analysis to foster a culture where no one gets hurt.

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  • COURTESY AWARD

    This award is given to an individual who is inspired to serve and inspires others by providing an environment that is respectful, helpful, and patient.

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  • RESPONSIVENESS AWARD

    This award is given to an individual who is inspired to serve and inspires others by taking timely, appropriate action with communication and follow-up support.

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  • IMAGE AWARD

    This award is given to an individual who is inspired to serve and inspires others by providing a clean, professional, and welcoming environment for everyone.

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    Hector Aldapa, Dishwasher, Covenant Living at the Samarkand

    Image Award

    Going above and beyond each and every day, Hector Aldapa makes a huge difference behind the scenes at Covenant Living at the Samarkand. He says he gives his job his all and feels happy knowing he’s putting in his best effort with everything he does.

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    Shurmekia Hughes, Licensed Practical Nurse, Covenant Living of Florida

    Image Award

    A welcoming and compassionate presence, Shurmekia Hughes makes the Assisted Living community at Covenant Living of Florida a true home. She emphasizes the importance of truly getting to know residents and fellow employees.

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    Maria Dinezza, Registered Nurse, Covenant Living of Colorado

    Image Award

    Maria Dinezza plays an integral role in bringing peace-of-mind, comfort, and compassion to residents in Covenant Living of Colorado’s skilled nursing facility. She says she feels truly blessed to be a part of the community and these residents’ lives.

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    Ivette Stone, Certified Nursing Assistant, Covenant Living of Cromwell

    Responsiveness Award

    Demonstrating responsiveness through the little things she does each and every day, Ivette Stone has the innate ability to anticipate residents’ needs through compassionate care. Her passion for residents makes her an outstanding CNA.

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    Doug Meeuwenberg, Maintenance Supervisor, Covenant Living at the Great Lakes

    Responsiveness Award

    Approachable and accommodating, Doug Meeuwenberg exemplifies responsiveness at Covenant Living at the Great Lakes. Doug says he enjoys putting smiles on residents’ faces and sees his presence at the community as doing God’s will.

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    Lizbeth Silva, Administrative Assistant, Covenant Living at Windsor Park

    Responsiveness Award

    Lizbeth Silva’s dedication to the residents and passion for her job makes her an embodiment of “responsiveness” at Covenant Living at Windsor Park. She says she always tries to keep a positive attitude and that she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

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    Jenna Doogan, HR Assistant, Covenant Living of Northbrook

    Responsiveness Award

    Jenna Doogan’s responsiveness in her role at Covenant Living of Northbrook is noteworthy, as she regularly anticipates the needs of residents and fellow employees. Jenna shows dedication every day to helping others and making the community a better place.

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    Richard Thuringer, Driver, Covenant Living at the Shores

    Responsiveness Award

    A dedicated member of the Covenant Living at the Shores team for over a decade, Richard Thuringer stresses that his role on the campus is all about the residents. He’s earned a reputation as someone who responds not only to his job but to the greater needs of the community.

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    Jenny Bellido, Human Resources Assistant, Covenant Living of Colorado

    Courtesy Award

    A contagious spark of positivity at Covenant Living of Colorado, Jenny Bellido shares smiles and enthusiasm with all she meets. She says it’s important to always make time to personally greet others and offer assistance.

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    Lisa Akin, Housekeeping Supervisor, Covenant Living of Turlock

    Courtesy Award

    Armed with baked goods and a smile, Lisa Akin never fails to take the initiative in her role at Covenant Living of Turlock. She says she likes to lend a helping hand and assist those in the community, as she sees that as part of her daily role and responsibilities.

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    Sheryl Burzee, Wait Staff, Covenant Living of Colorado

    Courtesy Award

    Sheryl Burzee is a well-known and friendly face in the dining room of Covenant Living of Colorado. Residents are known to request to be seated in her section specifically, and she says a lot of these residents are like her extended family.

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    Jim Darlinger, Security Guard, Covenant Living of Colorado

    Safety Award

    A retired police officer, Jim Darlinger is known for bringing a sense of calm to Covenant Living of Colorado and its residents. He says he loves it at the community and enjoys keeping everyone safe.

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    Dani Tervo-Shiffman, Wellness Coordinator, Covenant Living at the Samarkand

    Common Purpose Award

    Using a great creative spirit, Dani Tervo-Shiffman has developed an engaging array of new programs for residents at Covenant Living at the Samarkand. She says she has felt it is her job to inspire residents and encourage them to live happy healthy lives while making it fun.

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    Renee Sanchez, Office Manager, Covenant Living at the Holmstad

    Common Purpose Award

    Going above and beyond each and every day, Renee Sanchez has played an integral role at Covenant Living at the Holmstad. She says that while she is humbled by the recognition, she has always considered it her responsibility to exemplify our Common Purpose.

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    Aylin Sarkis, Certified Nursing Assistant, Brandel Manor

    Common Purpose Award

    Positive, uplifting, and energized – these are three words that describe Aylin Sarkis and her presence at Brandel Manor. Aylin says she sees Brandel as her home and the residents as her family.

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    Dan Brant, Director of IT Infrastructure, Covenant Living Communities and Services Central Office

    Common Purpose Award

    Dan Brant’s positive energy and willingness to help makes him a perfect embodiment of our common purpose. Dan says Inspired to serve is more of a way of life for him than a customer service framework.

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    Beth Gwinn, Director of Activities, Covenant Living at Mount Miguel

    Common Purpose Award

    A passionate woman who serves with her heart, Beth Gwinn shares positivity and inspiration wherever she goes at Covenant Living at Mount Miguel. Beth says she loves what she does and going the extra mile is just part of who she is.

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    John Haugen, Director of Facilities, Covenant Living of Golden Valley

    Common Purpose Award

    John Haugen plays an integral role in the Covenant Living of Golden Valley community, and says he can think of no better place to be than in a business where he can express his faith in the work that he does.

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    Darryl Iwata, Maintenance Mechanic, Covenant Living at the Shores

    Common Purpose Award

    Described as always having a smile on his face, Darryl Iwata makes a difference each and every day in the lives of residents at Covenant Living at the Shores. His passion for his job is fueled by his desire to make an impact and the respect he has for our residents.

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