Potsdam-based Health Initiative seeks nominations for Patrick 'Bird' Kerr Award
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:45 am

POTSDAM -- The Health Initiative is accepting nominations from the community for the Patrick “Bird” Kerr Award, honoring an employee who exemplifies the admirable qualities Kerr demonstrated.

In order to be considered for the award, an employee must be nominated by fellow employees, administration, a Health Initiative representative, or a Bridge to Wellness Coalition member.

As determined by the Kerr Family and the Health Initiative, a nominee must be an employee who exhibits many of the qualities Kerr did, such as: Continuously showing support for the Health Initiative; striving for overall wellness in their personal and professional life; creating opportunities for other colleagues to become more “well”; continuously offering suggestions to help the wellness program grow; providing encouragement to colleagues to participate in programs; enjoying being outside and being active’ trying their best to improve, maybe having to work hard at accomplishing it but persevering; always showing good nature and friendliness; being open to new things, new places; and being someone everyone seems to know.

The ideal nominee will possess the majority of these qualities, and nominators should communicate this clearly in the nomination form.

Patrick “Bird” Kerr was an employee for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation with undeniable charm. He brought smiles and enthusiasm that were contagious to every room he entered. In addition, “Bird” was very supportive of the Wellness Program at his work as well as in his personal life. He strived to eat healthy, exercise and spread the word of healthy activities occurring throughout the county. Kerr passed away in 2008.

Online nominations may be made at www.gethealthyslc.org. Downloadable forms to print, complete and mail are also available online. Paper forms can be obtained by calling Julie Cooke at 315-261-4760 ext. 239.

Nominations are due by Oct. 18. The award winner will be recognized at the Health Initiative’s & Bridge to Wellness Coalition’s joint Annual Meeting on Nov. 6.