Holdrege –The National Down Syndrome Congress has honored the YMCA of the Prairie inHoldrege with the 2013 Employer of the Year award.
The Y was nominated by thefamily of employee Creighton Wall, who has Down Syndrome and has worked at theY for seven years.
CEO Jeff Morgan andCreighton Wall received the award at a banquet on Saturday, July 20, in Denver.
"We are honored to be amongpast award winners such as Walgreens and McDonald's Corp. in the support ofemploying those with Down Syndrome or other disabilities," YMCA CEO Jeff Morgansaid.
Other past winners of theawards include large employers such as Sears Roebuck, Marriott Corp., TargetStores and the University of Alabama.
James A. Faber, presidentof the National Down Syndrome Congress, said, the Y's "support of CreightonWall, and the consistent, well-applied instruction, guidance and evaluationshelp him to be the best he can be."
Wall's parents noted theloving and accepting environment their son was a part of at the Y and that hewas treated as a valued employee.
Creighton started at the Yas a volunteer and was hired as an employee in the house-keeping departmentwhen the new Y opened in 2006. He also has led a walking club at the Y.
Creighton said he likesworking at the Y to meet new people and stay motivated to maintain his health.It's also something he feels called to do.
"I love the Y, and Godcalled me to work here," Creighton said.