Debbie’s Story: H2M President’s Award 2023
Honoree Video Highlighting Debbie’s Work at H2M
About This Video Project
The 2023 H2M President’s Award winner Debbie, has been an inspiration to her coworkers for years, constantly going above and beyond to push and motivate her co-workers. Debbie is heavily involved with the Safe Center of Long Island, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and the Women’s Leadership ERG, providing resources for women to become more involved in leadership roles. She was also instrumental in driving the first breast cancer awareness walk. Debbie is a role model for other H2M employees to follow and makes you want to be a better person.
Debbie is the employee and a colleague that everybody wants, but very few people get. I’ve known Debbie 16 plus years. I don’t know what I would do without her. She’s just a joy to be around. She goes above and beyond to push others and motivate others. She’s very energetic. She brings that liveliness and excitement to work every day. She really just embodies to me what it means to be a leader and promote leadership in other people. Debbie is really kind and caring and warm-hearted. She really puts other people’s needs in front of herself to help out. She treats people as they’re meant to be treated. She’s just a great manager and an even better person. And I think that just transcends through her work and her people. She inspires other people to be their best. She always comes in with such happiness and willingness to give back. How can I make something better? How can I help the community? Debbie really cares and she motivates you and brings you in and makes you feel like every single cause, regardless of what it is, is the best cause in the world. You want to help because she wants to help. One of the organizations I know Debbie is heavily involved with is the Safe Center of Long Island. It’s a shelter for victims of domestic violence to go and have a place to feel safe. We’re making Mother’s Day baskets for kids to give their mothers. Once she saw the help that she could provide, it was like, we’re going to give as many people these baskets so at least some of these mothers can feel like a sense of normalcy. One of the groups that Debbie is heavily involved in is the Women’s Leadership ERG. It’s a way to provide resources for women to become more involved in leadership roles. This year she was recently elected to be the Outreach Chair. I remember when we started the group, she talked about how she’s been asking for this for so long. Now that it’s here, she’s a part of it. So she’s not just talking the talk, but she’s walking the walk. Debbie was instrumental in really driving the first breast cancer awareness walk that we had. It was almost like there was a parade in the office. It’s like, alright, get your pink shirt on. We’re going outside and we’re going to walk around the building and we’re going to show our support for Pinky. And getting the group together in the middle of the day to walk around the building in October isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it just shows the way that she can motivate. Debbie is deserving of this award this year because she is so enthusiastic with how she helps people and the energy that she brings to our room, it just brings everybody joy. And I can’t think of anybody who deserves this award more than Debbie does. She’s done well for herself in her career and it’s no doubt because of who she is and what she does. It’s why she’s such an important leader in the organization. She’s that role model for others to follow. I feel like Debbie is the person I aspire to be. I just can’t believe she has twins at home that are under the age of five and she is doing everything she does. She just makes you want to be a better person. If she can do it, you can do it. She pushes everybody to be out of their comfort zone and be the best that they can be. And I think where I am now is mostly because of the effort that she put into me. I started H2M when I was 21 years old and I just turned 30 this year. And throughout that time period, as my supervisor, she’s helped me see that there’s really not anything that I can’t achieve. She’s very deserving of this award. From a manager level all the way down to a personal level, she’s just fantastic. She’s H2M.
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