Vinfen is proud to announce that this year’s Board of Directors Scholarship winner is Danisa Batista. Each year, this award is presented to help employees further their education, career, and their commitment to the people Vinfen serves. The Board of Directors Scholarship is generously funded by Vinfen’s board members who firmly believe in supporting continuing education for Vinfen staff members.
“Vinfen is proud to support Danisa further her education and career development. She is a dedicated worker who is devoted to supporting the people we serve. At Vinfen, we offer our staff ways to advance and grow in their careers. It’s our hope that staff, like Danisa, can grow to be leaders of organizations, like Vinfen, in the future,” Vinfen President and CEO Bruce Bird said.
“I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call at work from Bruce, it took several minutes to sink in,” Danisa said. “Winning really made me feel empowered. It meant that my story had made an impact on those who read it and they were able to see how passionate I am about the work that I do and how much my job and those I serve mean to me.”
Danisa is a Rehabilitation Coordinator at Vinfen’s Community Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) Collaborative Action for Recovery (CAR) Team 2 in Lowell, MA. Danisa began her work with Vinfen in 2013 as a Health and Wellness Coordinator and in 2014 became an Employment Specialist. In 2015, she obtained her LSW and was offered her current position. Danisa had graduated from UMass Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Boston University. Danisa plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to further enhance the ways she can positively impact supports and services.
CBFS Team Leader Daniela Carrier nominated Danisa. “I have worked with Danisa since she started on the CAR team in July 2013 and have been her supervisor since December 2013. She is a very hard-working, motivated, and determined person. Her organizational skills are superb. Furthermore her education is not only a professional pursuit, but also a very personal endeavor for her – a ‘labor of love’ so to speak. I can see her becoming a very dedicated social worker,” Daniela said.
Both her professional and personal life motivate Danisa to support others in her role at Vinfen. “I think the relationships I build with the people we serve over time and being part of their recovery is the main motivator for me. Seeing the transformation of some of the people we serve and knowing that the support they receive from CBFS staff played a role in it is priceless. [I think] of my past with seeing my own family struggle when we first moved here and wishing we would have had supportive services in place for my mother who has struggled for many years with depression. Also knowing what a great difference one person can make in the lives of many individuals who feel they have lost hope,” Danisa said.
Join Vinfen in congratulating Danisa.