LACONIA — Scott Fox of Plymouth, a Lakes Region Community Services employee who has spent almost a quarter of a century supporting people with disabilities, was named the Direct Support Professional of the Year by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities at its October 21-22 Annual DSP Statewide Conference held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett.
"Scott has been employed at LRCS since December of 1993," said Acting Executive Director Rebecca Bryant. "He has always demonstrated a high level of commitment to the agency and to the individuals he supports. Being chosen as DSP of the Year is a significant honor. As an organization, LRCS is proud to have him on our team."
Fox's dedication was evident late last year when an individual he supports was hospitalized for a month. Fox traveled an hour to the hospital to be there for that person to help him communicate and to be comfortable during a very stressful time. Because of the trust Fox has built, this individual's changing needs continue to be addressed. Fox has worked extra hours whenever needed, telling his management team, "I'll do whatever is needed."
Mark Dickinson, Fox's direct supervisor, describes him as very compassionate and "awesome" with the individuals he supports. "Scott is very deserving of the award," he said.
Vicki Cram, one of LRCS' Shared Family Living providers, was nominated by the agency for NH Home Provider of the Year. Cram's naturally compassionate and selfless nature has enabled her to develop a solid rapport with the person she supports in her home. With Cram's guidance and caring support, this individual's health has improved and they have developed stronger relationships.
Lakes Region Community Services employee Scott Fox (pictured second from left) was named Direct Service Professional of the Year by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities at the statewide DSP conference. (Courtesy photo)