Two outstanding area caregivers – Jennifer Sawyer and Diane Gregory – have received statewide honors as Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Home Care Provider of the Year, annual awards presented by the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities.

“It’s such an honor and so well deserved,” says Mary-Anne Wisell, Director of Operations at Monadnock Developmental Services. “All of our support teams have done a remarkable job keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s a special thrill to have two people from the Monadnock Region recognized with this statewide award.”

Jennifer Sawyer DSP of the YearDirect Support Professional Jennifer Sawyer of Jaffrey has been a DSP for more than a decade. She has shown again and again what it is to be an exemplary employee and caregiver. She is always on time and strives to go the extra mile for each individual she comes in contact with.

“Jennifer’s main attribute is her integrity,” says Dirk Doughty, Program Manager at Chesco, Inc. “Her ability to follow policy and balance the individual’s values is what makes her stand out.”

Throughout the COVID-19 situation, Jennifer created online learning activities to work remotely with an individual to help keep them on task and continue furthering their education, planning a lesson each day before her shift began. She has also created a craft group that she planned and ran weekly before the pandemic set in. Jennifer’s talents and values impact and inspire not just the individuals she serves, but her fellow employees and the community as well.

Jennifer had this to say about winning this statewide award: “I am so pleased to receive this and to be recognized. Thank you to the Council for their recognition and generosity, and to the people I work with and the person that nominated me.”

Diane Gregory Home Provider of the YearHome Provider Diane Gregory of Antrim shows extraordinary commitment and dedication to the individual who has lived with her for more than six year and has become a part of the family. From volunteering, doing mowing jobs, making weekly shopping trips and going to church, to community suppers, bowling, family celebrations and much more, this individual has a rich life, day in and day out, thanks to Diane’s efforts. During the coronavirus pandemic, Diane continued this good work, organizing ZOOM church sessions, going fishing and providing other opportunities for the individual to get outside regularly and stay connected.

“Diane would be the last one to feel she is doing anything extraordinary,” muses Chris McDermitt, who oversees the individual’s program. “In fact, she would say it was part of what a home provider should be doing.”

Diane reflects: “I really appreciate this. You know, we all do it together, I have a great family, case manager and guardian. We support him, he supports us – and we love having him as part of our family.”

Jennifer and Diane were honored last fall by Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) as this region’s DSP and Home Provider of the Year. Their names were submitted for consideration for statewide recognition, and both were chosen from among nearly two dozen nominees from all over the state. The statewide awards were announced by the DD Council in a virtual presentation on January 19, 2021.

Monadnock Developmental Services provides supports and services to more than 1,000 individuals and families in the 34 towns of the Monadnock Region. For more than 40 years, MDS has helped make it possible for those with developmental and related disabilities to live and work in their communities.

View the NH DD Council presentation of the DSP and Home Provider of the Year Awards: