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Archived News: Across Virginia
December 2011

VCU-RRTC Staff Are Virginia Rehabilitation Association Award Winners

Alissa Molinelli and Whitney Ham, both VCU-RRTC employees, recently won the A.R. Dawson Humanitarian Award. Dr. Dawson, Director of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Services for the Virginia Department of Mental Hygiene and Hospitals, initiated this award with a $1,000 grant and presented the first award in 1971. This award is presented for outstanding services to people with disabilities by a practitioner, who is not in an administrative or supervisory position. It is awarded to a professional person having direct contact with persons with disabilities in the rehabilitation process, and whose efforts have had a significant impact on their lives. Individuals who have worked in psychology, vocational evaluation, or medical specialties are eligible.

In addition, Jennifer McDonough, another staff member of VCU-RRTC, won the R.N. Anderson Award for Leadership. In 1986 a classroom at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Anderson, the first Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services. This award is given to a current member of the Virginia Rehabilitation Association who has demonstrated excellence in services to persons with disabilities. The first R.N. Anderson Award was presented in 1961.


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