James City County Parks and Recreation 2007 Employee of the Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation, Communications Coordinator
Fax: (757) 259-5420
James City County Parks and Recreation has named Prevention Counselor Howard Mason as its 2007 Employee of the Year.
Mason was recognized for his exceptional work in the development of the Kids Quest Program – a prevention program targeted to elementary age children in grades K-5 to help enhance self-esteem, encourage community involvement and promote academic achievement and cultural enrichment through activities and programs. Mason began this new initiative while continuing support for another successful development – STRIVE, a prevention program for families with children aged 11 through high school.
The necessity of the Kids Quest Program continues to be evident through the numerous referrals he has received as well as the waiting list to serve new students. Because the program clearly demonstrated positive benefits for families and children, Mason was able to advocate for a new Kids Quest Prevention Counselor and to secure an onsite working office at James River Elementary School to provide more timely service. To meet the needs of families and children, Mason regularly makes his time available to them both after work hours and on weekends, often driving to their homes for meetings.
Mason also donates his time and energy to many community events, such assisting in the annual Toano Trace Homeowners Association Thanksgiving meal delivery last year, the annual Fish Fry for senior citizens and disabled residents of the Blayton Building in Williamsburg and serving on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board of
Directors as a member and Co-chair, especially the Bowl for Kid’s Sake annual event.
Parks and Recreation’s “Employee of the Year” program recognizes employees who consistently perform well beyond what is required on a day-to-day basis.
Howard Mason (c) receives Parks and Recreation’s 2007 Employee of the Year Award from Parks and Recreation Director Ned Cheely (r) and James City County Administrator Sandy Wanner. Mason accepted the award in February during the division’s annual recognition ceremony.