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Jones honored at banquet

When Cindy Jones started working as the rehabilitation assistant with the Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Program almost eight years ago - "she hit the ground running and has not stopped," said co-worker Sue Richards.

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Cindy Jones was named Administrative Professional of the Year.

"I guess that's why you're so skinny," Brad Adams, Chamber president, said with a laugh as he read Mrs. Jones' bio.

Mrs. Jones was named Administrative Professional of the Year for McDuffie County at the 18th annual Administrative Professional's Banquet last week.

"Efficiency accompanied by courtesy is a rare combination in today's work world," said Mrs. Richards, the rehabilitation employment specialist who nominated Mrs. Jones for the award. "I wonder how I ever managed without her guidance and assistance in doing my job."

Mrs. Jones was presented a trophy, roses donated by Peacock Hill, a one night stay in a Jacuzzi room from White Columns, and a color television from W.S. Badcock Corp.

In her nomination, Mrs. Richards said Mrs. Jones serves as the local Georgia Rehabilitation Assistance secretary, and has served as the state secretary. For a service project, Mrs. Jones decorated a room at the Comfort House, a place in Augusta similar to the Ronald McDonald House, and made it handicap accessible. In 2005, Mrs. Jones earned the honor of introducing State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond when he was the featured speaker of a state conference.

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Mrs. Jones carries her roses during the banquet.

Mrs. Jones' other duties include handling all personnel paperwork, serving as a liaison between the agency and clients, monitoring office equipment, handling all outside purchasing and maintaining the account, being proficient in all computer skills, and working efficiently with a local budget of over $300,000 and a client base of over 500.

"We spend a whole lot of money through a long paperwork trail. It's a small office, so basically I do everything," Mrs. Jones said.

Even though she works hard, Mrs. Jones said she does not feel taken for granted. She said her coworkers "usually do a good job" of showing appreciation to her.

"I enjoy working with Voc Rehab," she said. "What we do makes a difference."

In addition to her full-time job, Mrs. Jones and her family are active at Pine Grove Baptist Church and in the community, doing volunteer work and serving people with disabilities.



Web posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006













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