MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga -- Every year the month of October is know as Disability Awareness Month and throughout the Military, personnel are nominated for the Outstanding Department of the Navy Employee with Disabilities Award.
According to President George W. Bush, all of our citizens should have the opportunity to live and work with dignity and freedom.
"Every October we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, to recognize the talents, skills, and dedication of disabled Americans who are a vital part of our workforce," Bush continued. "During this month, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities who want to work can receive the training they need to achieve their goal."
This year Janice Ivey, voucher examiner, Transportation Voucher Certification Division, was nominated for her extreme enthusiasm in the work place as well as in the community.
Ivey was nominated along with other disabled personnel from other bases.
To be nominated for this award each worker had to demonstrate a performance that clearly exceeds the job requirements in spite of severely limiting physical and/or mental factors, exhibit courage and initiative in overcoming disabilities, and are a federal employee.
According to Chief Warrant Officer Angella M. Lawrence, Deputy, TVCD, Ivey's efforts within the TVCD have been nothing short of outstanding and she is considered a valuable member of the team.
Ivey has been hearing impaired since birth and has not let that get in the way of her life. She has been working in government service for 18 years. She started working in the TVCD office in 1997 as a Voucher Examiner and was promoted to Data Collection Mail Clerk in July 1999.
Ivey has also done many good deeds for the community. She is a member of the Byne Memorial Baptist Church in Albany and has volunteered her time to teach sign language classes at the church, here, for family and children services and also for the Dougherty County School System.
She has also been a speaker for Deaf Organizations in the State of Georgia, and has served as the Secretary for the Georgia Association of the Deaf, and worked with the Georgia Baptist Conference for the Deaf designing t-shirts.
"She continues to volunteer within the Southwest Georgia community," Lawrence said, "and she is a role model for people with and without disabilities."
As stated in the nomination package, Ivey has not only over come her disability; she has inspired others through her efforts in the community and on the job.
As a loving mother, wife, community participant, and Department Of Defense civil service employee, Ivey has not only touched lives but also has conquered her disability through hard work and dedication.