Manassas, VA – Didlake Vice President of Contract Operations Mike Payne received the 2011 National Council of Work Centers (NCWC) Management Excellence Award for the East Region at the 2012 NISH National Training and Achievement Conference in Indianapolis.
“I was honored to be nominated by Didlake President and CEO Rex Parr and my co-workers, and humbled to be selected by my peers as the recipient of this esteemed award,” Payne said.
The award nomination cited Payne’s work that doubled the number of Didlake’s AbilityOne contracts as well as the number of individuals with disabilities employed. “He is an advocate for people with disabilities in every role he plays,” the nomination said
The NCWC is an independent network of executives representing more than 550 Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) throughout the United States, which provide employment for people with significant disabilities through the AbilityOne program. The NCWC network constitutes the nation’s largest employer of people with disabilities, providing over 120,000 jobs for people with significant disabilities.
Didlake, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. It was founded in 1965 to create opportunities for people with disabilities through services that connect them to employment, education and the community. It provides contract business services for commercial and government customers and has won numerous awards for its facilities maintenance; packaging/ assembly; and administrative services. The organization operates throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, in the Roanoke Valley and in Greater Hampton Roads. It serves more than 1,600 people with disabilities annually. Didlake, Inc. is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, accredited by CARF and proudly serves the nation through the AbilityOne program. Its partners include the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, local Community Services Boards and United Way of the National Capital Area. For more information, visit www.didlake.org.