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Weier, Smith honored at Cal Shultz Memorial lunch for 'above and beyond work'

The event, held during October for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, saw over 50 attendees.

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Veronnica Smith, of Countryside Living, received the 2022 Employer of the Year award from the Mitchell Advisory Council for People with Disabilities on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
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MITCHELL — Two members of the Mitchell community were recognized at the annual Cal Shultz Memorial Event on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The event is held each October to bring awareness to Disability Employment Awareness Month. During the event, which is held by Mitchell Advisory Council for People with Disabilities (MACPD), the board of MACPD announced the winners for the 2022 Employee of the Year and Employer of Year.

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Pictured is Brett Weier, right, recieving the 2022 Outstanding Employee of the Year award, presented by a member of the MACPD.
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Brett Weier, who works for Hallmark, was presented with the 2022 Outstanding Employee Award.

Veronnica Smith, who works for Countryside Living, was chosen as the 2022 Employer of the Year. Smith also spoke as a panelist alongside four other employers regarding their experiences working with and hiring individuals with disabilities and said her experience has been incredible yet humbling.

Both candidates were nominated for their respective awards by counselors at Career Connections, a company that works side-by-side with employers and the MACPD to help employ individuals with disabilities. According to Smith, those counselors believed their work went above and beyond.

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"It feels strange to get an award for just doing my job — for doing what's right, really — but I'm grateful for the recognition because our workers really do deserve it," Smith said.

Smith explained that, about two years ago, Countryside Living was contacted by Career Connections. Countryside has since employed a number of people with disabilities, ranging from cooks to aids.

MACPD, which consists of volunteers, hosts about two events like the Cal Shultz Memorial Event during the year, with both events touting a free lunch and awards to outstanding individuals within the community.

Jessica Lang, the MACPD president of the board, said, "We had about 50 people come out. It's a pretty normal amount of people to show. We just appreciate any support we can get."

MACPD, Lang said, was established in 2003 and has assisted in a multitude of projects towards making the Mitchell community more easily accessible to those with disabilities, including working with the city council to create accessible sidewalks, parks, a fishing dock and other projects.

"We're thrilled to be be able to work alongside other agencies to help make Mitchell better for everyone," Lang said.

This year, MACPD donated over $2,000 to the Kiwanis Club of Mitchell for an accessible playground project.

The Kiwanis Club's accessible park project, which was originally announced in 2021, will be completed soon, according Parks and Recreation director, Kevin Nelson.

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"Due to a small vandalism, we were set back slightly," Nelson said. "But we are still ahead of schedule and the park will be completed soon."

According to a spokesperson with the Kiwanis Club, the club will most likely be aiming for a spring-time grand opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and park dedication.

To get involved with MACPD or the Kiwanis Club , check out their Facebook pages for more information.

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