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Awards & Recognition​

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation employee helps man achieve dream​

​​​​​By Angela Reighard, WYMT

Johnivan Patrick was born with Spina Bifida. He uses a wheelchair, but that has not slowed him down. "I wasn't ever supposed to be able to talk. I wasn't supposed to be able to walk. But, that's about the only thing they got right about me so far," Patrick said.

There is one thing Patrick always wanted to do: drive. For the past three years, he put in the work to learn how to drive with the help of Alisa Gound from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center. Using hand controls, Patrick pushes on the gas and brake pedals. It took a while for him to get used to the controls​, but now it is easier.​

On July 12, at the age of 21, he finally got his driver's license. "It was great to be able to see him actually get his license and be independent now with that," said driving instructor Alisa Gound.

For Johnivan Patrick, his license is more than a piece of plastic. It represents achieving a dream despite the obstacles. "I'm able to show the world that sometimes the world says you can't do this. I'm able to show them I can do it, but sometimes it's in a different way. It's in my way," he said.

Patrick said he will have to wait to drive for a little bit while he modifies his car with the hand controls. He said he is most excited to be able to drive himself to cheer on his Magoffin County Hornets.

​See the story from WYMT.​​

Rangers promoted

Six Kentucky State Park rangers have been promoted to sergeant, Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced.
The rangers will have supervisory duties at parks across the state. 

​The rangers and their districts are (left to right): 

Brian Brooks, north central; Joey Sparkman, northeast; Danny Quillen, southeast; Jammie Moore, southwest; Chad Drane, northwest; and Kenneth Johnson, south central. Each sergeant will supervise five to eight rangers in their district.
The park system has approximately 50 rangers who provide law enforcement services at all Kentucky State Parks. 

Nominations open for Governor's Ambassador Awards

​Do you know a state employee who has made a great impact on their coworkers or customers? The Personnel Cabinet wants to hear their story. Each year we gather these stories and host a ceremony to honor nominees and winners of the Governor's Ambassador Awards.

​​​The awards are presented in the following categories: Customer service, cour​age, leadership, professional achievement, teamwork, community service and volunteerism. 

Nominations are being accepted t​hrough August 31, 2016.  Nominations may be made by an employee or private citizen. For​ more information, call Linda Brown at 502.564.5954 or visit https://personnel.ky.gov/pages/rewards.aspx​​​.​​

Picture: The Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, received the 2015 teamwork award.​