Oregon Rehabilitation Association honors caring indivdual

Submitted photo Debbie Conti, left, presents the Oregon Rehabilitation Association's Works of Heart award to Coast Rehabilitation Services employee Rosemary Bonett.

On Oct. 21, Coast Rehabilitation Services (CRS) employee Rosemary Bonett received a Works Of Heart award from the Oregon Rehabilitation Association (ORA). This prestigious award is given once each year to outstanding direct support professionals working in the field of supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Bonett worked in the field of developmental disabilities for many years. She has a gift for understanding the needs of residents. “Rosemary is graceful and insightful in how she shares her gentle spirit,” Shantell Stevens, associate director of residential services for Coast, said. “We are so proud to have her as a part of our organization. ”

Bonett received the award in front of hundreds of direct support professionals and managers gathered for a region-wide conference sponsored by ORA. CRS supported resident Debbie Conti’s mother, Nancy Conti, brought tears to the eyes of many at the conference, when she explained how important Bonett is to her daughter — how Bonett plans experiences for her, rather than mere events, and how she has transformed her daughter’s life.

In a final touch, the award was presented by Debbie Conti. In her acceptance speech, Bonett stated how grateful she is to be of service to others.

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