Department of Children and Families
David E. Wilkins
May 9, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – A Florida State Hospital employee who shares his own struggle with mental illness to help others. Investigators who work in the hospital with substance-addicted babies, made sure a young child had medical care to save his life and helped a mother who tried to commit suicide. Administrators whose dedication and vision have improved our services to clients in need.
These are just a few examples of the outstanding Department of Children and Families employees received a new "Visionary Award" today from Secretary David Wilkins during a celebration for Public Service Recognition Week.
The new DCF "Visionary Award" recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional efforts in service to our clients and who go beyond the call of duty to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. This award celebrates those who exhibit great courage, creativity and insight in bringing DCF's strategic vision to life.
"Each of these individuals has contributed so much to their job, but also to the families and community around them," said Secretary Wilkins. "I want to thank all of our hard-working employees for everything they do each day to help the children, adults and families in this state enjoy a safe today and a brighter tomorrow."
The first set of winners were announced at a special ceremony in Tallahassee today. The list of those winners is attached.