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Several honored at 'Together We Can' appreciation dinner

By Deb Hutmire, Perry County Tribune
Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017

that exemplifies the actions set forth in the PBCBB mission, “Making connections to promote abilities and enrich lives,” and vision, “People connecting people.”

This agency was nominated for its constant care and dedication to people throughout their service areas. Allwell is a private not-for-profit provider of comprehensive community mental health in Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Perry counties. When PCBDD deals with a dual diagnosis and identifies mental illness, Allwell is only a phone call away. Allwell partners with PCBDD Service Coordination to offer counseling services in emergency situations and support in collaboration with other agencies.

The “Inspire by Example,” Outstanding volunteer award was presented by Ken Yuchasz to Steve and Belinda Lee. This award is designed to recognize an individual or family who has gone above and beyond to help promote awareness or provide services to children or adults, with developmental disabilities. The Lee's are lifelong residents of Perry County at heart. They did live in Florida for many years, before returning home. They both say the enjoy initiating conversation with everyone they meet, and they do not really know a stranger. They have dedicated countless hours at events and activities to support all people in the community.

Steve and Belinda can be found DJ'ing at local car shows, senior center, Fairview Assisted Living, and just about anywhere else.

To them volunteering is not work, there may be physical labor and a lot of time involved, but they love giving and they love people. They are true servants, helping wherever they are able and expecting nothing in return. Their passion and zeal about giving back radiates to anyone who knows them, and they ignite that same passion in others.

The final award during the program was the Academy for Leadership Abilities Visionary award, presented by Shelly Lackey to Southern Local Superintendent, Greg Holbert.

Greg has exhibited a commitment to education, individual growth and leadership for over 36 years, in the classroom, on the court, on the field, in the office, at church, and in the community.

He is a respected leader in the community as the President of the Athens Pregnancy Resource Center Board, a volunteer at the Good Works Homeless Shelter, and chair of the Missions Ministry at Glouster Church of Christ. He has received several awards over the years in his career in the education field.

Greg was quick to accept the challenge from David Couch for becoming the leader with the ALA program. Greg demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior in all aspects of his life, by doing the right things for the right reasons, and encouraging other to see their power, value and strengths.

At the conclusion of the event, held at the Barn at the Backwoods in Thornville, the following were thanked for taking part in the event; Elena and Nick of Apple in the and the Moon, for the music, the Board of PCDBB members; Ken Yuchasz, president; Justin Gall, vice president; Lindsay Wilson, secretary; Sally Francis, Theresa Moore and Rachael Barnhart, as well as all the sponsors and those who attended.

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