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Courage Center Names 2009 Phillips Award Recipients
Date:8/14/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Minneapolis-based Courage Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center, is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2009 Jay and Rose Phillips Awards. The awards are presented each year by Courage Center to people with disabilities who have achieved outstanding vocational and community success as well as the Caregiver Award which acknowledges and honors a behind-the-scenes caregiver vital to the success of a person with a disability. Each winner receives $2,000 and is recognized at the Medtronic Celebration of Courage Gala Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the Depot in Minneapolis.

This year's Phillips Award recipients are (photos are available upon request):

PHILLIPS EMPLOYMENT AWARDS

Barbara Barr, Edina, Minn.

Commercial Lines Underwriter, Employers Mutual Companies, Minnetonka, Minn.

These days, not many employees can say they've been with a company for 46 years. Barbara Barr can. But, when she first arrived in Minneapolis from Breckinridge, Minn., in the early 1960s, people with disabilities were considered 'unemployable.' "Business after business turned me down until I applied at Employers Mutual Companies," said Barbara. In her current job she works with a safety dividend program for bulk oil dealers providing loss control measures. -more-

James Hegstrom, River Falls, Wis.

Placement Coordinator-Rehabilitation Services, Minn. Dept. of Employment & Economic Development, Blaine, Minn.

James is a true role model for the people with disabilities with which he work
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