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2016 Annual Awards


Left to Right: Marvis Daniels, Phyllis Simpkins, and Wendy Player

SCAAIDD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 SCAAIDD Annual Awards. These are individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in serving those with intellectual disabilities. Please take a moment to recognize their contributions.

Marvis Daniels

Direct Support Professional

Marvis Daniels has been employed by the Orangeburg County DSN Board for over 20 years as an Adult Instructor in the Day Program, consistently demonstrating a professional and caring attitude in working with consumers, co-workers, and the agency. In addition to her main job responsibilities, she is a Medical Health Technician. She actively supports consumer involvement in community activities and events such as the Senior Citizens Day at Claflin University. She is seen as a role model for consumers and co-workers, and always has a smile and words of encouragement for others.

Phyllis Simpkins

Research/Education & Training/Supervision & Management

Phyllis Simpkins works for Babcock Center as a House Manager for two Community Training Homes. She as shown her ability to respond to crisis situations requiring moving consumers to alternate housing, and has come to work (while on vacation) to attend important meetings with families. She provided personalized care and comfort to a consumer in his last weeks of a terminal illness. Phyllis has been selected to receive the annual Mary L. Duffie Service to Others Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Babcock Center employee.

Wendy Player

Self-Advocate of the Year

Wendy Player lives independently, receiving supports from the Sumter County DSN Board. Her demeanor, spirit, and willingness to help others overshadows any disabilities she may have as she treats others with dignity and respect, which she expects in return. She attends Disabilities Awareness Day events at the State House, and has met with the Governor and other elected officials. Wendy is the Secretary /Treasurer of the Sumter DSN Board's self advocacy group "People Power", and is the Store Operator of the "Little Country Store", a canteen serving consumers and staff at the Sumter Work Enterprise Day Program. She assists in efforts to support the YMCA/Battered Women's Shelter and the United Way's back to school drive.

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