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Diana Victorian

REGION 5 – Metro NY
09/11/18
Diana Victorian

Position: Direct Support Assistant

Years of Service: 10

THE NOMINEE’S FAVORITE OR MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING A DSP:

Creating opportunities for the people we serve, Diana Victorian says, is the most rewarding part of being a DSP. Diana enjoys watching people get involved in the various activities at the Manhattan Day Habilitation Program, where she works. She loves to see the surprised looks on people’s faces when they accomplish a task completed with no assistance from staff. 

ABOUT DIANA:

 “Diana is a great asset to the day program,” says Kimberly Perry, Developmental Assistant III. “She continues to show an enormous amount of care and compassion as she guides and helps the people we serve to learn new things, so they can become more independent.”

Perry says Diana has been a part of the OPWDD family for 10 years – she recently left the group-home setting and is now part of Metro New York’s day program staff. 

“It was our good fortune to get someone who is so compassionate about the people we serve,” adds Perry. “Diana is a very creative person; she thinks outside of the box and is always coming up with fresh and new ideas for us to try with people.” 

Diana has a mind of her own and is not easily led by negative impressions, Perry says. 

“Diana will be the first one to speak up for the individuals to improve the way they are treated,” Perry adds. “Diana knows the difference between right and wrong and will always advocate for the people we serve.”

Perry says that just by coming into work every day with a pleasant attitude and a willingness to face every challenge that may come her way during the course of the day makes Diana special. 

“Diana is openminded and is more than willing to try different avenues to reach the people we support here daily,” Perry says. “Whether it’s taking someone out into the community to purchase clothing or taking one of our female individuals to the beauty salon, Diana is the one to call upon to make sure they are treated equally in and outside of our program.”

Patricia Noisette, a Rehabilitation Counselor who works with Diana, says Diana is a committed and caring staff member who demonstrates commitment in her daily efforts with people.

“She engages them with new and innovative ways to live richer lives,” Noisette says. “Diana is an asset to OPWDD and her dedication for the people she serves is reflected in all she does.”