November 23, 2016
The 2016 Everyday Hero winner was announced as Doug Vaughn, owner of Rite Quality Office Supply, for his charitable work.
The software solution company held its annual user’s meeting during the Connect Conference. where the finalists and winner were announced. The Everyday Hero award is given to those that “positively impact the lives of those around them”. and recognises community and charity work. There were 33 nominees. of which three were chosen by an independent panel.
Vaughn was born in Haiti and moved to the US, where he was raised by his adoptive parents, and now owns his own office supply business. In his spare time he helps 30 local organisations and contributes money to them, and he also founded the Haitian Environmental Support Programme (H.E.S.P.) in 1981, supporting deprived children in Haiti after earthquakes and more recently Hurricane Mathew.
Vaughn commented: “The act of kindness that the ECi team showed me through the Everyday Hero Award revealed their sincere desire to make a positive difference in humanity. The $5,000 (€4,711) given to H.E.S.P. will go a long way in providing clean water, food, clothes and education for thousands of people in Haiti.”
Beverly Truran of Data Metalcraft Inc. was first runner-up for her work in coordinating “efforts in her community”, which includes the Northern Minnesota Native American reservations, senior citizen dinners, Comprehensive Energy Assistance Programme, Feed My Starving Children, Northside Life and more.
Marci and Adam Prost were awarded second runner-up for their work as a non-profit group, Sharing the Weight, after their child was diagnosed with autism. The group coordinates volunteers who “create weighted blankets by hand and distribute them worldwide”. The blankets “allow children to sleep through the night, resulting in 90 percent success rate in development improvements”.
Traci Johnson, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Marketing, at ECi, said: “Embracing community is one of ECi’s core values. We encourage and reward our employees who take the time to help others locally, and celebrating our customers’ efforts at embracing their own communities just makes sense. This award is one small way that ECi can give back to our customers who do so much for others. We’d like to congratulate all the finalists and each person who submitted a nomination; we are inspired by your hard work and efforts to make the world a better place.”
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