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The nomination for this year’s recipient of the Alice J. Olsson Employee of the Year Award describes this person as someone who embodies the mission of “Protect and Promote Health.” They are incredibly kind; they demonstrate flexibility with change and help others embrace change; they’re collaborative in their work with others to ensure that each task is completed, leaving no loose ends behind. They go above and beyond whether dealing with the public or a coworker. They are honest and candid in their relationships. They always have a smile to share and willing to set aside their work to help others.
This year’s recipient of the Alice J. Olsson Employee of the Year award goes to Ashley Smith. Ashley Smith will celebrate sixteen years with McLean County in January; she started at the McLean County Nursing Home on January 21st, 2004. She has been with the Health Department in the Family Case Management program since July 2007 as Office Support Specialist I.
The Alice J. Olsson was a much-respected Registered Nurse and supervisor in both the Parents Too Soon Program and Communicable Disease section at MCHD. She worked at the health department from 1981 through 1989 and was named Employee of the Year in 1985. When Alice lost her fight against breast cancer in 1990, this award was named in her honor. Alice went above and beyond what was expected of her in her job. Even while ill, she strived to help others by allowing her doctors to use any findings to learn more about the disease and treatments.