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The 2018 Interhab Outstanding Service Achievement Award was awarded to Margaret Collins. Margaret has been employed for the past 23 years as a supported community living direct support professional and is currently a team leader in Beloit. Not only does Margaret provide support for the Beloit region but she has also been helping in the Abilene region by providing supervisory support to living and day service staff.

Independence is one of OCCK’s values, and Margaret feels it is her job role to challenge and encourage individuals to become more independent. She was instrumental in helping an individual move from a nursing home, into a community supported living location and then into living independently in her own apartment.

Another important part of Margaret’s job is to assist people in becoming active members of the community.  She feels it is important to work on an individualized basis to help people develop friendships, leisure activities, and attend community activities of their choice.

One of Margaret’s greatest strengths is building positive relationships with individuals, families, and peers.  She feels the positive relationship her team has developed ensures quality services are being provided to the individuals we serve.

Margaret has been involved with many different special teams and projects.

Margaret also has an impressive and extensive list of credentials that help to make her the wonderful and knowledgeable staff person that she is today. These credentials include:

  • Butler Community College on the Direct Support Professional Course
  • National Association for Direct Support Professional Frontline Supervisor Credential
  • Crisis Prevention Invention Instructor
  • Certified to teach First Aid/CPR from both the Heart Association and the National Security Council.


Margaret has a desk full of positive and encouraging words, but one in particular sticks out to us as encapsulating Margaret’s attitude. It states “Stay positive, work hard and make it happen”.  Margaret truly exemplifies these words each and every day. We would like to thank Margaret for all of her hard work and for “making it happen” at OCCK.

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