2018 Elizabeth “Sis” Simons Memorial Award Announced by Dickinson Center, Inc.

  Amber Cooper, LCSW, (3rd from left) holds the 2018 “Sis” Simons Memorial Award plaque with Dickinson Center Board members, pictured from the left, Joe Haines, Abbi Peters, Bruce Burkness, Trish Rosenstein, Anne Albright, June Sorg and Bob Ordiway.)

Amber Cooper, LCSW, (3rd from left) holds the 2018 “Sis” Simons Memorial Award plaque with Dickinson Center Board members, pictured from the left, Joe Haines, Abbi Peters, Bruce Burkness, Trish Rosenstein, Anne Albright, June Sorg and Bob Ordiway.)

RIDGWAY, PA-- As part of the Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) annual Board meeting on October 18, 2018, the recipient of the annual Elizabeth “Sis” Simons Memorial Award was announced. The Board of Directors presented this special award to Amber Cooper, LCSW, a full-time therapist at the Coudersport Outpatient clinic.

The Elizabeth “Sis” Simons Memorial Award recognizes a DCI direct service employee who consistently goes above and beyond in the performance of his/her duties. Amber was nominated by Whitney Thomas, the Potter County Site Manager, and her co-worker Rebecca Keagle. The nomination forms stated that Amber’s compassion and dedication to the clients she serves are exemplary. In addition, she makes note of clients who may need extra care and attention and works in close collaboration with their nurse or doctor to provide required services. According to Whitney and Rebecca, Amber represents Dickinson Center’s values and mission at all times in a friendly and professional manner.

Amber joined DCI’s Outpatient clinical team in 2015 and has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She also previously worked for DCI in 2003-2006 as the Potter County Partial Hospitalization Unit Director and a crisis caseworker. Amber holds a Master’s degree in social work from University of Pittsburgh and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011.

Heidi Thomas, Executive Director, said, “Amber exemplifies our core values of compassion, excellence, and hope in her work with individuals in Potter County.  She is extremely talented and dedicated to the community.  We are so fortunate to have her on our clinical team.”

Amber received a monetary gift, an engraved clock from Elkwood Arts, and will have her name engraved on the Elizabeth “Sis” Simons Memorial Award plaque displayed at Dickinson Center‘s main office at 43 Servidea Drive, Ridgway.  Previous award recipients include: Michelle Straub, Laura Sypien, Kevin Leahy, Tonya Wolfe, Tammy Perkins, Heidi Eastman, Ed Badeau, Barb Cole, John Ogden, Dr. Paul Francis, Michael DeStefano, Jennifer Dippold, Dawn Dovensky, Tana Funair, Pat Work, and Rebecca Keagle.

“Congratulations to Amber and thank you to the other nominees for exceeding their normal call of duty in the provision of direct care service to individuals and families served by DCI: Shannon Renner, Joleen Grolemund, Linda Ricklefs and Bryan Linton,” added Heidi Thomas.

Elizabeth “Sis” Simons, was a founding member of the original Dickinson Board of Governors and served for over four decades demonstrating exemplary leadership, public relations, caring, and dedication to Dickinson’s mission.  She achieved an honorary “life” membership on the Board of Governors until she passed away on July 18, 2001.  The Board established the Sis Simons Award to honor her in memory and recognize her significant contributions to Dickinson Center, Inc.