DCI Presents Distinguished Sis Simons Award

(Pictured L to R): Dickinson Center’s Board member Joe Jacob, Executive Director Jim Prosper, Board member Joe Haines, 2023 “Sis” Simons Memorial Award recipient Nikol Chew, Prevention & Mental Health Operations Director Tonya Wolf, Journey Health System’s President & CEO Guy Signor with Board members Kara Vollmer and John Schlimm.

Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce the recipient of the annual Elizabeth “Sis” Simons Memorial Award. This special award was presented to Nikol Chew, LSW, during the January 2024 Dickinson Board Meeting.

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.

Nikol was nominated by her supervisor Tonya Wolfe. Key points from the nomination form stated that since Nikol joined DCI’s team in May 2018, she has embodied the values of DCI in all she does. There are so many other things Nikol does that makes her stand out and deserving of this prestigious award. Nikol has demonstrated compassion throughout the last year time and time again for co-workers. She also demonstrates the desire to perform at the highest quality and pushes herself to do so in every aspect of her job. Day in and day out Nikol instills hope in the adolescents and families she serves.

Jim Prosper, DCI’s Executive Director, said, “Congratulations to Nikol on this award and for consistently demonstrated her commitment to improving the lives of our consumers and the community. Her work and dedication support our core values of compassion, excellence and hope in her work with individuals seeking behavioral health care.”

Nikol received a monetary gift, a certificate, 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.

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.