2018 Hamilton Awards Recognize Amazing Individuals

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The Hamilton Center of Terre Haute is recognizing the hard work and passion of their staff members with a special ceremony.

On Tuesday night, the Hamilton Center celebrated 47 years of serving the community..with their annual dinner and Hamilton Awards ceremony at Indiana State University.

More than 40 nominees were selected for their work in helping those with mental illness or addiction.

For officials of the Hamilton Center, the event holds a special meaning to the community.

“My favorite part about tonight is getting together and sharing a positive moment with our staff, our consumer and our community partners,” said Melvin Burks, CEO of The Hamilton Center.

But for some, this event holds a very personal meaning to them.

“Having my own history and story of a mental health condition of depression and addiction recovery, i’ve had the opportunity as a physician to travel and talk a lot. It really seemed fitting that i come back here and share at this event for my fellow colleagues and hoosiers, and really where it all began for me,” said Adam Hill of Riley Children’s Hospital.

Tonight’s winners were honored for their excellence in community service, volunteering, and dedicated staff members.

Here are the names of tonight’s winners:

Hamilton Award, Hamilton Center Staff

Emily Owens – Nominated for her hard work, professional standards, and commitment to improving the quality of life for Hamilton Center consumers. Emily began her career as a Wraparound Facilitator, was later promoted to manager, and soon after that executive director. A part of leadership team, Emily advocates for evidence based medicine and has invaluable knowledge of the mental health system.

Missy Burton – Nominated for her servant leadership and dedication to Hamilton Center consumers Missy has been an integral part of Hamilton Center’s relationship with the Vigo County School Corporation. Working with teachers, counselors, principals, and administrators, Missy sets an elite standard for assessments, crisis evaluations, consultations, and supervision.

Hamilton Award, Community Service

Team of Mercy (T.O.M.) – Nominated for their advocacy for suicide awareness and support of the families affected by suicide, Team of Mercy was developed out of horrible personal tragedy. Christina Crist has used the passing of her daughter, Hannah, as motivation to create an organization dedicated to serving those left behind to suicide. They work tirelessly to offer financial assistance and emotional support within 24 hours of an event.

Principal Robin Smith – Nominated for her leadership of young minds and support of mental health initiatives at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, Principal Smith supported the idea of a student to start a mental health club. After contacting Hamilton Center with the idea, North students were soon trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), a program that will equip students and staff with the skills to better support and assist each other.

Hamilton Award, Outstanding Volunteer Service

Sue Thiemann-Wynne – Nominated for her work with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and commitment to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness, Sue is a powerful advocate for mental health. In 2018, Sue led the way in bringing Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s Brain Extravaganza to Terre Haute. Working with ISU, Rose Hulman, and the VCSC, this was NAMI’s largest and most successful event in May which is mental health and stroke awareness month. Sue served on the board of Mental Health America, and worked with the IU Mini Med School to coordinate a program called “Demystifying Mental Illness”.

All of us here at WTWO Would like to wish congratulations to all winners and nominees for their hard work.

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