Here is an article regarding one of our staff!
Celebrate Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week
DSPs Making a Difference: Sonya Mowles
As part of DSP Recognition Week, FADSP is pleased to recognize direct support professionals (DSPs) who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. Sonya Mowles is one of those DSPs.
Sonya Mowles has been a Central Florida Communities (Washington Square) employee for 24 years and currently serves as a Direct Support Professional Supervisor. She began her employment in 1990 as a Direct Support Professional as her first job.
After she began caring for the individuals of Washington Square her position became much more than just a job to her. Sonya showed immediate interest in ways to increase each resident’s personal growth and potential by providing input for their annual assessments, suggesting possible new training programs and goals, and advocating issues important for meeting each individual’s needs and preferences. She quickly recognized the unique abilities that each resident possessed and continually sought to expand the possibilities for the individuals who we serve. Sonya’s excellent performance as a DSP was noticed by her supervisors and she was selected to become a trainer for other new DSPs and to fill in as Acting Duty Administrator in the absence of the Residential Manager.
In 1996, an opportunity to apply for the position of Direct Support Professional Supervisor (DSPS) was presented and Sonya was an ideal candidate. Since that time, Sonya has been a DSPS for day shift and her dedication continues to be evident to all who witness her interactions with the residents and staff. She never hesitates to go above and beyond to ensure each and every individual’s needs are met and they are treated with respect and equality in all areas of their life. Despite having a busy family life outside of Washington Square, Sonya can frequently be found staying after her shift to help out wherever she is needed. She often comes in on her days off to help ensure the residents look their best for various facility functions and attends community inclusion outings to help ensure person-centered supports are met. Annually, Sonya volunteers to attend Camp with the residents because she truly enjoys seeing their excitement when they participate in swimming and other outdoor activities that are offered. She serves on CFC’s Morale Committee and participates in every themed “spirit day” with a positive disposition that is evident to everyone around her. During her 24 years at Washington Square, Sonya has been nominated by the staff and residents as Employee of the Quarter on numerous occasions and has twice been awarded this recognition. She is a positive role model for her staff and has received numerous memos of appreciation from various departments for her willingness to be a team player and go above and beyond.
Sonya is known for her kind, patient, and professional demeanor and she continues to be respected and well loved by the residents, families/guardians, and her co-workers. Her on-going commitment and dedication truly makes a difference in the lives of the individuals who reside at Washington Square.
Thank you Sonya for your continued service to the individuals served at Central Florida Communities!