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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mary Sullivan Receives Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Development Award

Mary Sullivan received the Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Development Award from Tim Walsh at the recent Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board luncheon.

Mary Sullivan received the Mark McAfee Friend of Workforce Development Award at the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) annual legislative and awards event held Dec. 16 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

The award is presented to an individual who has championed workforce issues at the local, state or federal level. Sullivan was the Executive Director of the Scott-Carver-Dakota Community Partnership Agency (CAP) from 1981 to 2010

“It is not possible to honor Sullivan as much as she deserves.” said Tim Walsh, former Board Chair of the CAP agency and current WIB member. “Her rich legacy is in service to the communities, families and children of Carver, Scott and Dakota counties and her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of people in poverty. For nearly 40 years, Mary Sullivan has been virtually synonymous with the CAP Agency.”

As Executive Director, Sullivan oversaw incredible growth in the agency’s programs, staffing and people served. In that role, she consistently focused on making a difference in people’s lives. As a measure of that impact, when she retired in 2010, the agency served more than 40,000 children, families and senior citizens in 20 different programs including Head Start preschools, senior nutrition centers, transitional housing and food shelf services. Sullivan’s focus on how the agency could best help provide families stability and assistance attaining self-sufficiency led to numerous community initiatives including a partnership/co-location with the Burnsville WorkForce Center for many years.

The award Sullivan received is named after Mark McAfee, a former member of the Workforce Investment Board who passed away unexpectedly in 2010. McAfee focused on helping people attain the skills and training they need to become self-sufficient. The Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board oversees employment programs and WorkForce Centers in Dakota and Scott Counties.

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