Local YMCA Named Employer of the Year by Down Syndrome Congress
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
The National Down Syndrome Congress has honored the YMCA of the Prairie in
Holdrege with the 2013 Employer of the Year award.
The Y was nominated by the
family of employee Creighton Wall, who has Down Syndrome and has worked at the
Y for seven years.
CEO Jeff Morgan and
Creighton Wall received the award at a banquet on Saturday, July 20, in Denver.
"We are honored to be among
past award winners such as Walgreens and McDonald's Corp. in the support of
employing those with Down Syndrome or other disabilities," YMCA CEO Jeff Morgan
Other past winners of the
awards include large employers such as Sears Roebuck, Marriott Corp., Target
Stores and the University of Alabama.
James A. Faber, president
of the National Down Syndrome Congress, said, the Y's "support of Creighton
Wall, and the consistent, well-applied instruction, guidance and evaluations
help him to be the best he can be."
Wall's parents noted the
loving and accepting environment their son was a part of at the Y and that he
was treated as a valued employee.
Creighton started at the Y
as a volunteer and was hired as an employee in the house-keeping department
when the new Y opened in 2006. He also has led a walking club at the Y.
Creighton said he likes
working at the Y to meet new people and stay motivated to maintain his health.
It's also something he feels called to do.
"I love the Y, and God
called me to work here," Creighton said.