Region 8 awards employees at banquet
Region 8 Mental Health Commission recently held its 2022 Annual Awards ceremony where they awarded Shawana Winstead the Melvin Ray Commissioner’s Award of Excellence among others.
The ceremony was held at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl on Dec. 6, 2022. Region 8 has locations in five counties, which includes Madison County, Region 8 Director of Developement Dwana Wright said.
“Employees at this ceremony were honored for outstanding performance, professionalism, and tenure,” Wright said.
The Melvin Ray Award is presented to an administrative employee that exemplifies a model of leadership through their actions and has made significant contributions through their giving spirit to the Region 8 Commission, its employees, and citizens served by the agency.
The Region 8 Commission named the award to honor Melvin Ray, Region 8 Madison County Commissioner, with a unanimous resolution after his death in 2021.
Ray’s leadership, contributions, work ethic and professionalism are the attributes the Commissioners Award embodies, and Winstead met all of the requirements.
Other awards given out include, the Emile Craig Professional Excellence Award which was given to the most dedicated to their profession and has the interest of every individual as their number one priority, Wirght said. They exemplify integrity, compassion and commitment, while also consistently striving to go above and beyond to meet consumer and family needs.
The Milinda Clark “Power of 8” Memorial Award was given to a Region 8 employee that embodied the true “Spirit and Heart” of Region 8, Wirght said.
“The specific criteria for this award were the true, undeniable characteristics of former employee, Milinda Clark,’ Wirght said. “She motivated others to achieve and always led by example.”
One of the most esteemed awards presented at the ceremony, according to Wirght, was the Power of 8 Awards.
“Only a select few from Region 8’s five counties are recognized with this award for their unwavering commitment to outstanding performance,” Shje said. “These employees exhibited strong character, leadership and integrity.”