The late Duane Dennie was named the Von Sinclair Award recipient Tuesday morning during the agency’s annual breakfast meeting at the Laurens County Higher Education Center. Dennie served on the board for 13 years, and was an advocate for his special needs son, Joseph.
LCDSNB Executive Director Jason Tavenner said of Dennie, “He was traveling down Highway 14 and saw our sign, and came right in.” The agency has its headquarters on Hwy 14 between Laurens and Gray Court and operates work centers on Torrington Road between Laurens and Clinton (near the airport), in Clinton, and in Gray Court. The agency operates on a $10 million annual budget.
Dennie was a coach and teacher, and Tavenner said he often taught classes to LCDSNB staff, some of whom he had taught in school. “For them, it was a reunion.”
For 2018, Tavenner said LCDSNB goals are to provide more work opportunities for clients, enhance its 300+ workforce through retention and training efforts, and improve security at all its facilities. In addition to a governing board, LCDSNB has clients advisory, community advisory, and human rights advisory boards. Tavenner said the agency has solid affiliations with District 55 and 56, and several other community partnerships. Its Building Dreams program assists with school readiness.
The agency’s 2017 highlights video showed the opening of Sweet Skills Mart, CNAs training through the Laurens YMCA, Camp Good Times, development of individual transition plans through the school districts, and Special Olympics, conducted for this region at Presbyterian College.
As special gifts, breakfast participants received candles made by clients at the Magnolia Campus, Gray Court, in arts education activities funded by the United Way of Laurens County.