Goodwill’s Annual Power of Work Awards Banquet and Luncheon

As we look to highlight positivity and share positive news, we are highlighting our Annual Power of Work Awards Banquest and Luncheon, which took place on March 11th, 2020. Our Annual Meeting is a time for Goodwill to celebrate achievements from the previous year and set new intentions for the coming year. Individuals, team members, and retired board members were recognized for the positive impact they’ve had on the community.

Fred Shelfer, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend acknowledged the many changes Goodwill endured over the previous year and embraces the changes yet to come. “We talk about the value of change, which is essential to the well-being of our Goodwill”, he said. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend continues to evolve and meet the needs of members in our community.

2020 Power of Work Award Recipients

“It’s been remarkable to not only see the value of what we do but the commitment of the people that are doing it” said Steve Preston, CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill recognizes the life-changing influence Goodwill participants have on the community through various awards. The following features our 2020 Power of Work award recipients:

Carvin Jay, Volunteer of the Year

Carvin Jay Johnson – Jay has been volunteering with the Valparaiso Goodwill Career Campus for three years. He makes a difference just walking through the door to work with our clients. He offers assistance twice a week at GIBB and does what is needed while never missing a beat! Thank you so much for your service, Carvin.

Jonathan Millner, Graduate of the Year

Jonathan is a full-time college student, Career Campus Training Center participant, and recent graduate of the Google IT Professional Certificate Program. Due to medical issues, he was unable to obtain employment. Once we determined that Jonathan was a very quick learner and had advanced computer skills, there was no doubt that he was qualified for the IT program. GIBB was able to help him obtain an entry-level position and now he has an interview for a cyber security position and will soon be moving up in his career path.

Ira Jones, Achiever of the Year

Ira is one of longest tenured employees of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. He started working for GIBB in high school and first trained in upholsteries. After becoming skilled in this trade, he went on to teach others. As Goodwill has changed, Ira has adapted and changed with the times as well. GIBB discontinued re- upholstery and related services, so Ira moved on to Transportation. After working here, he then moved to Maintenance all along just learning new jobs and never complaining. When his supervisor asked him to move to the mowing department he agreed without hesitation. No matter what he is asked to do, he has always jumped in and given 100%. He has served GIBB for 44 years and we are very glad to have him!

Angela Smitherman, GIBB Employee of Distinction Award

Angela Smitherman is so much more than an HR Generalist. She is a great listener, always available for our staff and always exhibits a compassionate and caring attitude. She is a great representative of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc.

Tania Himes, The Learning Pavilion Award

Tania Himes is being honored as the 2019 Learning Pavilion Teacher of the Year. Ms. Himes treats each and every child with great dignity and respect. She is dedicated and compassionate and the children love her!