Leadership Award Nomination

February 22, 2021

Every year the city of Williston holds an awards banquet to honor individuals and organizations in Williston for a variety of recognitions. In early January Eckert was nominated by our very own Dr. Leah Hoffman, Clinical Director, for the “Williston Leadership Award.” A description of the award states:

This individual or organization has taken a leadership role within their organization, neighborhood or community, and encouraged the growth and development of others. The recipient will have demonstrated willingness to grow and learn, while helping influence others to make a positive impact in our community.
This is the nomination letter and you can watch the awards presentation here. Please take the time to read it in its entirety when you have the time. Dr. Hoffman also wanted to insert the final paragraph to bring home what this means. When the days and weekends are long and chaotic, it is easy to lose sight of the quality of the work you are providing:

“In conclusion, I would like to nominate the Fred and Clara Eckert Foundation for Children and the staff at Eckert for the Leadership Award. As Clinical Director at this agency, I am intimately familiar with the resiliency and leadership displayed by Eckert’s Foundation and employees. Every staff member at Eckert is considered a frontline employee during this pandemic. They are swiftly completing their duties to support others while also needing to engage in self-care in incredibly intentional ways. Within Eckert’s mission statement is the goal of encouraging the growth and development of others. Despite the challenges of 2020, the new treatment program touched the lives of over 40 youth and their families this year. Eckert is also facilitating training opportunities for professionals in our community in the fields of addiction, mental health, and social work – each of which are critically underrepresented in Williston. Eckert is not only making a positive impact in our community but is also a leader in the State in addiction treatment for youth – most notably as the premier facility for trauma-informed care. Families travel to Williston from all over North Dakota to receive our treatment. The community of Williston should be proud to have this caliber of service in their community.”

I would like to congratulate all of you on being the 2021 recipients of the Williston Leadership Award!

Please visit this website with more information about the awards – and Congratulations to each person who has contributed to Eckert being acknowledged in this monumental way.