Cape Abilities congratulates its
2018 DDS Recognition Award winners!

Filed in Blog by on May 2, 2017

Three wonderful members of the Cape Abilities family were presented with achievement awards at the recent Recognition Breakfast held by the Cape & Islands Advisory Board of the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

We congratulate all for their outstanding service
and accomplishments!

Cape Abilities participant Emmett Bilbo, who demonstrates the highest level of personal achievement and self advocacy in his life, was recognized for his volunteerism and accomplishments in the Cape Cod community.   As a participant in Cape Abilities’ Life Skills/Day Habilitation program, Emmett contributes to his community through Community Based Day Services (CBDS) volunteer work, including the pollinating gardens with the Army Corps of Engineers at Cape Cod Canal, Champ House and the Sandwich First Church.  He volunteers independently at the Natural Museum of History as a greeter, and enjoys hiking and researching documentaries at the Sandwich Library through the CBDS program.

David Baron (left), Emmett Bilbo, and Emmett’s mom, Sallie.

Cape Abilities Community Resource Specialist David Baron is a motivational guru for Emmett and program participants in the CBDS program at our Hyannis Lyndon Center.  Dave established volunteer opportunities for our participants with the Champ House and the Cape Cod Canal Army Corps of Engineers, and baking lessons through a church in Sandwich.  He is a proponent of healthy living and shares this life style though cooking, Zumba classes and nature hikes.  A hands-on leader who also staffs the Cape Abilities Self-Advocacy group, Dave is appreciated for his respectful approach and exceptional listening skills.

Cape Abilities Residential Supervisor Kim Buldini  supports individuals in their final years of life within their 24-hour staffed home in Yarmouth.  She leads a talented team of Direct Care Professionals in ensuring the most vulnerable and fragile among us enjoy a beautiful home, cherished companionship, exemplary medical care, personal comfort, love and genuine caring. Throughout Kim’s longterm employment, she and her staff have supported 12 people to weather through their most challenging days, and eight individuals dying in comfort and with dignity, surrounded with love from their family and friends. Kim’s phenomenal outcomes in creating a safe and truly loving and welcoming home for all who enter, whether for the individuals who live their, family members, friends, and ancillary support providers are simply best practice. She ensures the outstanding care that we all would want for those closest to us.

(left to right) MA Sen. Viriato deMacedo, MA Sen. Julian Cyr, CA staff Kim Buldini, MA State Rep. Randy Hunt, DDS Citizens Advisory Board Chairperson Edward Jalowiec

 

The beautiful artwork that appears on the cover of the official event program and award plaques (right) is a wonderful collaboration by Cape Abilities participants Marty Sives and Michael McNamara.  Also featured on video screens during the morning program was artwork created by (below, left to right) Cape Abilities participants Mia Siempos, Kathy Bell, and James Patrick Ohman.

Congratulations Emmett, David, Kim, Marty,
Michael, James, Kathy and Mia!
We are so proud of you all, and so happy that you are part of our Cape Abilities family.
You inspire us to create and reach for new opportunities EVERY DAY.

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