Polk County DAC employee Megan Wark recognized
Megan Wark of Polk County DAC in East Grand Forks has received a state direct support professionals award for exceptional performance in serving people with disabilities from the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation. Wark, an instructor and job developer for a nonprofit organization, is the winner of the Employment Service Job Coach category for Greater Minnesota.
In presenting the award at the annual MOHR conference, Awards Committee Chair Lynne Megan said Wark “embodies the ideals one wants in a staff striving for person-centered programming.” Megan went on to say that Wark spearheaded the creation of two new work sites, and is actively working to make connections with the local business community to further expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Wark said her job is highly rewarding and that she truly loves coming to work. “We are very blessed,” she said. “I get to get these guys out in the community more and it seems like that’s what they enjoy most.” People with disabilities sometimes struggle with having days off because they truly love coming to work, she explains.
The job developer serves as a key advocate, promoting their work capabilities with employers. “I’ve gotten nothing but positive responses from our employers. They always tell us that they’re doing a good job and they’re happy to have them come. It’s been really positive,” she said.
Wark also functions as a job coach who works on job sites with individuals who have disabilities, which gives her firsthand experience in making people successful.
Polk County DAC serves individuals with disabilities from its two locations, in East Grand Forks and Crookston, and is a member of MOHR. MOHR represents more than 100 providers in the state and serves some 26,000 individuals with disabilities.