COSDA names local woman as Interpreter of the Year | People
This year, the Interpreter of the Year award goes to someone who has few peers in the interpreting world with regard to her energy, compassion and dedication to working with some of the most challenging consumers we have. Among the many reasons for this are these three:
- First, she is indefatigable. Whatever is needed, wherever it is needed, whenever it is needed, she will volunteer to do it. She routinely puts in far more than her “eight hours” often putting in 10 – 12 hour days to be sure consumers are served. She does it out of compassion for people that not many others are willing to attend. She is the only person in DMH who holds a national certification to work with people who are both deaf and blind. She did this of her own initiative, not because it was a job expectation.
- Second, she will be one of the first people to respond to a request for help from others at DMH. She will often analyze a problem and come up with a solution without waiting for anyone to even discuss that there was a problem. She sees it and fixes it before it usually before most of us know there was a problem. These fixes are almost always at no cost to the state (she has been known to pay for things out of her own pocket rather than to leave a situation without dealing with it).
- Finally, she does this because it is her nature. She is a ball of positive energy that simply cannot help but go out of her way to spread cheer. She exemplifies the very best of what of civil service should be. She does all this with a grin while lifting others around her.
I am proud to be able to announce that the 2012 COSDA (Council on Organizations Serving Deaf Alabamians) Interpreter of the Year is Wendy Darling
Information Source: Alabama Department of Mental Health