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For Ada Baldwin and Facilities Operations, seeing people get opportunities is rewarding (and awarding)

Ada Baldwin has been assistant director in Facility Services for 12 years.

She had been processing clerk in the department. She had an opportunity to move up – to interim assistant director. She ultimately got the position. “Twelve years later, I’m here. It’s been very rewarding – and very challenging.”

She believes in her department giving people opportunities.

Baldwin serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She facilitated members of the Housekeeping staff speaking candidly about their work, about how some seem to perceive housekeepers, about their wanting more professional growth. “Don’t judge me on cleaning toilets,” one said. We want computer training, another said.

“I enjoy pulling down the stereotypes,” she says – and seeing people grow.

Hold your heads up, she tells housekeepers. The work they do for the university – in keeping buildings clean and healthful and looking their best – makes a vital difference. She also notes the encouraging, supportive words they share with others – for example with a student facing a hard test – makes a difference too.

This spring, she not only received a Staff Stars award, she received the Betty Hardin Award in Business Affairs. The award is based on superior leadership to the division; positive and constructive attitude with high standards; sense of humor; appreciation for people; and rendering of service above and beyond the call of duty to the university community.

Later in the week, Baldwin and Facilities Operations received the 2012 Employer of the Year Award. (Facility Services is a part of Facilities Operations.) The Greensboro Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, along with the Chamber of Commerce, recognized employers who demonstrate outstanding achievements toward improving employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

Several years ago, Facility Services hired one employee through the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. In March, Baldwin contacted their representative, and two new individuals are in temp positions as a result. For reaching out to give individuals with disabilities an opportunity, she and Facilites Operations were honored.

We all have things we need help with, she explains.

“Let people have opportunities.”

By Mike Harris