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From left to right: MaryJane Litchard, ABE/GED Program specialist; Pearl Mikulski, planner; Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Social Science Program director; Sara Lizak, vocational rehabilitation program manager; and Gina Appolloni, director of Village Public Safety Officer Program. Pictured separately: Dan Harrelson, VPSO, White Mountain (Photo courtesy of Kawerak)
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Kawerak rewards exceptional, long-term employees with time away

We are sharing this post by Kawerak Inc., the nonprofit Alaska Native corporation for the Nome region, announcing a new program to reward long-term employees with longevity leave. Kawerak President Melanie Bahnke said she was inspired by her recent Rasmuson Foundation sabbatical. Find out who received the award below. And remember, we are accepting applications for our Sabbatical Program through Sept. 15.
— Rasmuson Foundation

From Kawerak:

2019 marked the commencement of the Longevity Leave award for eligible Kawerak Inc. employees. The award was created in response to Kawerak President Melanie Bahnke’s recent sabbatical awarded by Rasmuson Foundation.

“As many of you know I had the privilege of being selected for a Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical last year,” Bahnke told employees. “It provided me an opportunity to take time off from work and spend time with my family fishing and camping. It was very restful and I came back to work energized and refreshed.” She wanted Kawerak staff who have provided invaluable and lengthy service to the organization to have a similar opportunity and privilege.

Melanie Bahnke, Kawerak president

The Board approved the proposal from the staff policy committee for long-term (10 years or more), highly productive employees to receive one paid month off of work. The competitive award is merit-based and requires employees to submit an application as well as plan for their leave. Not all employees who meet the years of service threshold will be awarded the leave.

At the beginning of this determination, 41 employees were eligible to apply, and six employees were awarded for 2019. At their recognition during the Kawerak Board of Directors Meeting in April, the six cited reasons varying from building a house, taking some much needed rest and relaxation, taking a family vacation, among others.

Kawerak recognizes the importance of acknowledging our long serving employees and their contributions they have made to their specific department/program and the region as a whole. Kawerak also recognizes the importance of taking time off to reflect on your work, gain insight into what you accomplished in your career and renew your personal energy. Five employees will be selected in 2020, and four employees each subsequent year.

Congratulations to all the 2019 selections:

MaryJane Litchard, ABE/GED Program specialist;
Pearl Mikulski, planner;
Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Social Science Program director;
Sara Lizak, Vocational Rehabilitation Program manager;
Gina Appolloni, Village Public Safety Officer Program director; and
Dan Harrelson, VPSO, White Mountain

Dan Harrelson, Village Public Safety Officer, White Mountain (Photo courtesy of Kawerak)

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