October 11, 2013
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  Bi-Lo Holdings Human Resources generalist Cecily Culbertson, center with plaque, accepted the Exceptional Employer Award on behalf of Winn-Dixie Oct. 9. From left, Robert Doyle, Agency for Persons with Disabilities; Florida Gov. Rick Scott; Aurora Stant, Service Area Manager, Winn-Dixie store No. 125, Tallahassee, Fla.; Bi-Lo Holdings Human Resources generalist Cecily Colbertson; Ken DeBerry, Director of Winn-Dixie store No. 86 in Tallahassee, Fla.; Aleisa McKinlay, Agency for Persons with Disabilities; Tallahassee, Fla. Mayor John Marks; Barbara Palmer, Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. ​
The State of Florida honored Winn-Dixie Oct. 9 for being an outstanding employer for people with disabilities. Bi-Lo Holdings Human Resources generalist Cecily Culbertsonaccepted the award on behalf of Winn-Dixie.
Winn-Dixie and six other Florida companies were nominated by members of the state’s business communities and selected by state agencies serving the disabled to receive the state’s Exceptional Employer Award. The award honors Florida businesses who demonstrate commitment to employing Floridians with disabilities. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Blind Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation presented the award to the honored businesses in a ceremony in Tallahassee, Fla.
“Business leaders confirm what we have known for years that individuals with disabilities are great employees and provide a return on their investment, said Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director Barbara Palmer. “These employees are dedicated to their companies. They do not miss work because their job means so much to them.”
“It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of the ceremony and to accept this award for the organization,” Culbertson said. “I am so proud of the many associates in our company who have disabilities and serve our customers everyday with exceptional service and a wonderful attitude. I am also proud to be a part of an organization that understands that people with disabilities are an asset to our teams. We celebrate our associates’ diversity and because of that it makes Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo a great place to work, where all people matter.”
Maylin Kuri of the Pinellas County ARC nominated Winn-Dixie, specifically mentioning the co-director of store No. 649 in St. Petersburg, Fla., Ian Hogan, as an employer who pays special attention to employing people with disabilities. He is now director of Winn-Dixie store No. 684 in Kenneth City, Fla. On Oct. 10, Gov. Rick Scott gave the businesses that won Exceptional Employer Awards with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award.

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