Posted on October 19, 2018

Penn-Mar Supervisor Cited for Outstanding Work
By PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability)

Marion Dyke, supervisor for over 7 years with Penn-Mar Human Services, has been selected as the Frontline Manager of the Year Award for Pennsylvania’s Central Region by PAR, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s leading disability provider and advocacy association for people with autism and intellectual disability. Marion will receive her award at the PAR Annual Solutions Conference “We Are Worth It.” Awards Ceremony, on October 22, 2018, in Harrisburg, PA.

Dyke is being recognized for her excellent work as a Residential Supervisor of a home that supports three women with intellectual disability. She is highly respected by the staff she leads in the home as an exceptional mentor, helping both the staff and the women supported in the home grow with self-confidence, personal skills and mutual respect.

Dyke’s empathetic supervisory skill has made her a beloved supervisor within Penn-Mar. She leads her staff by example and is a true mentor to them, helping them to improve their skills and preparing them for promotional opportunities at Penn-Mar, even if it means leaving her team.

Dyke truly understands the importance of relationships and life changing power relationships holds. She is currently leading her team of staff to support an individual who desires to be married to her boyfriend, yet not everyone in this couple’s life support the idea. Dyke respects their desire and has become an advocate for the relationship and more importantly has helped the individual to advocate for her dreams.

President and CEO of PAR Shirley Walker commended Dyke for her willingness to go the extra mile for the people in her life, including staff and the people she supports. Walker stated: “Marion Dyke is creating a warm and supporting atmosphere at Penn-Mar that is bringing out the best in its employees and people served by the program. Marion is an excellent example of the many supervisors in the human services field to whom we owe a deep debt of gratitude.”

The Harrisburg-based PAR is committed to ensuring, strengthening and promoting the viability of community-based organizations that support people with autism or intellectual disability and their families.