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UCC Award Winners Named at Annual AWARE Banquet

Updated: Aug 3


AWARE held its annual Corporate Congress Awards Banquet on June 9, 2022, at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.


During the banquet, staff gathered to celebrate and recognize this year’s Employee of the Year, Independent Spirit, George Groesbeck and the 10 Unconditional Care (UCC) Principle Award winners.


The banquet also highlighted speakers including AWARE Board Chair Kristy McKay, keynote speaker William Henry and AWARE Clinical Director Traci Shinabarger. AWARE CEO Matt Bugni and COO Leighann Knight acted as the emcees.


The lively event with a red carpet theme left the banquet attendees with a few laughs and a lot of inspiration. You can watch the replay of the video on AWARE’s Facebook page here: https://fb.watch/dYxhNepcj8/.


And the award winners are…


Being recognized as an award winner who exemplifies AWARE UCC Principles does not come lightly. Our staff truly does perform some amazing work every day. We are grateful for their efforts that go above and beyond to ensure the people we care for live independent lives.


Following tradition for this 2022 event, the 13 award winners were nominated by their peers. Hundreds of nominations were narrowed down to name the 2022 award winners.


The process to choose the winners begins months in advance, with an evaluation of the award program, a month’s worth of nomination reminders and a committee to choose the final 13.


The day of the award banquet, AWARE leadership presented the awards to the following people:


𝗝𝗲𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗞𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗺 - Employee of the Year Award

𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗵 - George Groesbeck Award

𝗝𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝘇𝗮𝗿𝗱 - Independent Spirit Award


𝗥𝘆𝗹𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗯𝘂𝗹𝘀𝗸𝗶 - Building on strengths is the key to success

𝗪𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 - We take on and stick with the hardest challenges

𝗔𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 - We are agents of change

𝗚𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿 - Everything is normal until proven otherwise

𝗞𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗿 - Families are our most important resource

𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗳𝗲𝗿 - I’m ok, you’re ok

𝗧𝘆𝗹𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 - It takes a team

𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮 𝗞𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗵𝗲𝗿 - Our connection with our communities is vital

𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹𝗮 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗶𝘆𝗮𝗺𝗮 - We strive to the highest quality care

𝗞𝘂𝗱𝗮𝗸𝘄𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝘆𝗮𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮 - Lighten up and laugh


AWARE is already in the process of planning next year’s UCC Principle award presentations. In 2023, the awards presentation banquet will accompany Corporate Congress. It’s an event that our frontline staff participates in every two years to help develop the services AWARE provides.


Once again, congratulations to all of our UCC Award winners. We thank you – and all of our team – for all you do!



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