Vinfen Community-Based Flexible Support Residential Counselor Serge Philogene was awarded the Providers’ Council’s 2017 Gerry Wright Direct Support Professional of the Year Award at its Annual Convention and Expo on September 25 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston. Each year, this award recognizes a direct service employee for their outstanding dedication and performance.
Vinfen Service Specialist Mark Weaver nominated Serge for the award. “Serge is always calm and somewhat reserved, but in any situation, he is ready to take the appropriate action,” Mark said. “In 2016, Serge’s residence changed houses. Moving some 9 individuals from a place that some had lived in for over 15 years was very hard. He went above and beyond his normal duties, working hand in hand to pack with individuals and co-workers. But Serge was always comforting as he helped each one. In the end, it made it a little easier for each client to move.”
Serge has worked at Vinfen for over 20 years. He was honored to receive the award from the Providers’ Council for his dedicated service and remains committed to Vinfen’s mission and to supporting individuals to reach and surpass their goals.
When asked what motivates him to continue his work at Vinfen, he said, “The work ethic at Vinfen. And, my role of assisting and advocating for the persons I have served throughout their rehabilitation process.” For Serge, supporting the people he serves to transform their lives continues to be its own reward.